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When it comes to choosing the right surf leash, there are many factors to consider, including the type of waves you'll be surfing, the length of your board, and your personal preferences. The best surf leash for you will depend on your specific needs and surf conditions. To help you make the right choice, FCS offers a range of surf leashes designed for different types of surfing, from competition-level surfing to big wave surfing.

Be ready for any condition with an FCS leash. Our selection, designed for competition, regular, and big wave use, offers leashes from 5 feet to 12 feet, with specialised options for heavy waves. The new FCS Freedom Helix Leash is lightweight, strong, and reduces tangling and drag for optimal surfing performance. Made with top-quality materials and tested by world-class surfers, you can trust that your board will stay secure. When you buy a surf leash with FCS, you can receive free shipping on orders over $80.

Should I surf with a leash?

It is recommended to surf with a leash. Surf leashes connect you to your surfboard and help prevent you from getting separated from it, which can be dangerous. It also allows you to quickly retrieve your board in the event of a wipeout, saving you both time and energy.

How do I choose a surf leash?

When choosing a surf leash, consider the following factors:

  • Length: Choose a leash length that is appropriate for your height, weight, and the size of your surfboard. As a general rule, the leash should be about the same length as your surfboard.
  • Wave size: Opt for a leash that is appropriate for the size of the waves you will be surfing. Leashes for bigger waves are typically thicker and stronger than those for smaller waves
  • Comfort: Look for a leash with a comfortable cuff that won't chafe your ankle. Some leashes also have a swivel system to reduce tangling.
  • Durability: Choose a leash made from high-quality materials that are designed to withstand the rigours of surfing.
  • Connector: Make sure the connector that attaches the leash to your surfboard is strong and secure.
  • Style: As leashes come in a variety of colours and designs, it’s a good idea to select a leash that fits your personal style and preferences.

How often do you need to replace a surf leash?

The frequency with which you need to replace a surf leash will depend on several factors, including the quality of the leash, how often you surf, and the conditions you surf in. In general, a high-quality surf leash should last for several seasons if it is well-maintained and not subjected to excessive wear and tear

However, it is always a good idea to regularly inspect your surf leash for signs of damage, such as fraying or cracking in the cord, or a worn or damaged cuff. If you notice any of these issues, it is best to replace your leash as soon as possible to ensure your safety while surfing.

On a similar note, if you have an older leash that has been subjected to frequent use and exposure to saltwater and sunlight, it may be a good idea to replace it even if it appears to be in good condition, as the materials may have weakened over time.


Here are some general tips for using a surfboard leash effectively:

  • Choose the right length: Make sure your leash is the correct length for your height, weight, and the size of your surfboard. A leash that is too long can be dangerous, while a leash that is too short can be restrictive.
  • Attach it properly: Always double check that the connector attached to the leash to your surfboard is securely attached and tightened.
  • Wear it properly: Ensure that the cuff of your leash is securely fastened around your ankle and positioned so that it won't get tangled in your fins.
  • Stay aware: Be aware of your leash at all times when you are surfing, especially when you are paddling and turning. Make sure it won't get in the way of other surfers or get tangled in your fins.
  • Take care of it: Rinse your leash after each surf session to remove salt and debris, and store it in a cool, dry place.
  • Don't rely on it: Although a surf leash is a safety tool, it is not foolproof. Always use good judgement, follow safety guidelines, and never rely solely on your leash to keep you safe

By following these tips, you can use your surf leash effectively and safely.

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