Waveski - Which Leash should I go for?

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Junior
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Waveski - Which Leash should I go for?

Post by Junior » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:10 pm

Hi Guys,

I'm due to have a dabble at waveski'ing soon after picking up a cheap ski. I can't however find a lot of info on which leash is best to use?

I'm torn between a coiled leash which will stay out the way whilst surfing but may be a hazard once I'm off the ski in the water, as opposed to a straight leash which will most likely get in the way whilst surfing but be less of a hazard once i'm in the water? Guides always say coiled for flatwater and straight for surf, but this appears to be more aimed towards SUP and surfboards.

Has anyone got any good advise or experience at waveski? Which leash would be best and what length?

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Re: Waveski - Which Leash should I go for?

Post by yabbadabba » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:03 pm

If you go for a leash personally I think the coiled ones are best as they dont get in the way so much when paddling, like any other kit inspect on a regular basis.
Please note this is a personal opinion - I used to use a leash but dont any more, the reason is I had the thought of being tangled up when being tumbled in surf and it put me off. Whean having to bail upside down I would hold the paddle in one hand and keep hold of the belt strap in the other. One thing I would say is look into the modern quick release belt buckles as they are so much safer then the old divers belt buckle style.

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Re: Waveski - Which Leash should I go for?

Post by Junior » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:36 am

What length would you recommend? A short bodyboard coiled leash (1.2m), or one around the length of the ski?

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Re: Waveski - Which Leash should I go for?

Post by muddy_duck » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:50 pm

The coiled leash, I have found is a pain in the rear due to its coiled up concentrated weight. I’ve gone back to a standard 6’ surf leash, tuck the hall way point on the leash under your lap belt NOT through it. I modified my leg shackle by removing the fixed pin and replacing with a stainless steel pull pin.....never needed to pull the pin as yet. Two reasons for using a leash, saves you swimming after your ski and also stops it thundering into the beach and hitting others in the water.

Hope the above helps, just my thoughts

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