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Bodyboard Leash Guides & FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

You don’t need a leash do you? Well….yeah, you really do! Ever try losing your board in 10ft surf? It’s no fun getting it back, we promise. A leash is potentially a life saver if the waves are coming in quickly and you need something buoyant to hold onto when you’re exhausted. So when it’s all said and done, you need the best leash you can afford.

How to Wear a Leash

It’s not rocket science, but the more we pick these things apart the more complicated we can make them, but we’re going to make it simple for you.

Wear the cuff with the leash going straight to the plug. The leash will stay out of your way and will stay out of the water like this, thereby creating less drag when you are paddling. Simple?

Below we’ve listed the main components of the leash, their purpose, and what to look for when buying one.


Leashes will come with a durable plug, for the most part. It’s important to make sure your plug has a flat head on it so you can bang your head of it without causing any damage to yourself, because you it will happen eventually!

When the plug is installed on the bodyboard, make sure the two pieces are connected and screwed in snugly. It should be flush with the board, if not you should screw it in more tightly.

The String

This string connects the plug and the leash. Make sure it’s tied tightly. You can test it by giving it a swift tug to see if it falls apart. Make sure it’s short too, the shorter the better.


Unless you’re buying a lower end model bodyboard, most leashes will be coiled in order to keep you from getting tangled up in the middle of a wave. Generally speaking, a tightly coiled leash is the best. It’s important to buy a quality leash as you want something that can be pulled to its limit and again recoil to exactly where it was, you don’t want something that will stretch out and lose its coil.

Cuffs – Wrist & Bicep

Cuffs should be made of a nice soft material to prevent blistering and chaffing. Cuffs are generally made of neoprene so there usually isn’t a problem. The stitching on the straps should be tight and durable to allow for the wipeouts in big waves. There should be a good amount of Velcro on the cuff since Velcro tends not to work as well in water and when sand has gotten on it. More Velcro also allows you to be able to put the cuff on bigger parts of your arm and will allow you to grow without having to buy a new size. Most bodyboarders tend to stick with bicep coils as they’re closer to your body and therefore stay out of your way, but if you’re into Drop Kneeing a wrist leash might be a better option as the leash will stay closer to the board and out of your way.