You’ve bought your paddle board and whether you are using it in the surf or in still water it only takes one fall to show the value of having the best SUP leash. It is important that you buy a leash that extends to be a good length for safety when falling but can also support the weight and length of your board. When looking for a Stand Up Paddle Board leash it is day on the lake this leash comes with a waterproof wallet for you to bring money, and even your phone, without worrying about them getting wet.

How To Choose A Paddle Board Leash – Buying Guide


The type of SUP leash you get should depend on the length of your board, your skill level and the type of waters you are in. This includes the shape of the SUP leash.

Coiled Leash

A coiled leash for SUP is similar to the ones which surfers use. The same heavy-duty materials are used to create the leash, and they fit in a similar way and are used in a similar way. You would want to choose a coiled leash if you suffer from tangled leashes or want more slack in your leash. A coiled SUP leash allows you to navigate around your board without the leash restricting where you can go or becoming tangled. It also creates less drag in the water as it will not hang over the side of the board as much and cause resistance, or pick up debris as it floats through the water.

When a coiled leash is coiled, it will only have a length of around three feet, but when it is fully extended, it will stretch out to ten feet or more. As soon as the tension is removed, the coiled leash will spring back again. This is the best SUP leash type that is great for anyone who is looking for a relaxed style of paddleboarding, and while there is some tension on your leg as you move around your board, you will not notice it as much as you will be moving slowly and purposefully.

Straight Leash

Straight leashes differ in that they are straight instead of coiled, but SUP straight leashes are not only straight, they also contain some coil too. This differs from some surfing lashes which can be completely straight. A straight/coil leash is exactly that. There is some straight cord at the paddleboard end, followed by some coil to save space, and then another straight part attached to your leg. Straight leashes are mainly used in paddleboard racing.

While the coil acts to save space and keep the SUP leash out of the water, the straight cord on each side allows for more uninhibited movement. When you are paddleboard racing, you need to move fast and powerfully, and a lot of the time, you need to adjust your feet quickly. If you can do so without feeling something pulling on your leg, then you are going to be able to make these movements with precision and ease.

With a straight/coiled leash, you have the flexibility to move from one end of the board to the other, with the leash flexing to accommodate that, and you can also move small distances very quickly without feeling a tension in the leash.

Hip Pack SUP Leash

A hip pack SUP leash is great if you have any problems with your legs. A leash may irritate your calf, or you might have an injury on your calf which prohibits you from using a leash. No matter what the reason is, a hip pack leash will do the same job as a leg leash. One great advantage of using a leash which attaches directly to your hip pack is that you do not feel the leash as much as one which attaches to your leg. Comfort is always at the forefront of our minds when it comes to paddleboarding, and this style of leash can only add to that comfort when you are in the water.

The other advantage is that the SUP leash is completely out of the way of both of your legs. A leash which attaches to your leg, especially a coiled one, will stay out of the way, but there is always a chance that the leash will get caught in one or both of your legs. With a hip leash, you never have to worry about your legs getting caught up. As the leash is not being dragged across your board, there is also more room for your belongings and less chance that the leash will knock something into the water. Many hip leashes also come with storage on the hip pack for you to store your belongings in. We would always recommend finding a waterproof hip pack for your belongings if you can.


As a general guide, your SUP leash should be around a foot longer than your board. If a leash is too short, then it will not have enough space to spring back and make hit you when you fall off and into the water. If a leash is too long, then it can hang down too much and drag in the water. If it does drag in the water, then it can cause more resistance, and that means that you will be expending more energy to paddle through the water. A hanging leash can also get caught on things in the water such as rocks and buoys and can pick up debris such as seaweed as it moves through the water, creating even more resistance, and sapping your energy even more.

Build Quality

The cheaper the SUP leash, the lower the quality. While this is not always the case, it is quite often true. If you are able to spend a little more money to find a leash which is made of better quality materials, and put together better, then you are going to have a leash which will last. Spending a little more when you are buying your leash, will save you having to buy a new one when a cheap leash breaks.


We might argue that comfort is one of the most important things to look for when you are buying your paddle board leash. You could have the greatest leash in the world, but if it is not comfortable, then you are not going to want to wear it. When you are paddleboarding, especially when you are out on the water for long periods of time, you want a leash which can be worn the entire time. Look for a SUP leash which has added comfort and padding around the cuff, and one which is designed to fit comfortably without too much movement.


There are some companies which have been around for a long time and have a reputation for creating high-quality paddleboard leashes. There are also some emerging companies which are producing quality products too. Look for a company which has great reviews for their products, and one which has a good track record in customer service and aftercare.



Q: Why You Should Use A SUP Leash?


The best reason to use a SUP leash is that they cost a lot less than a new board. Buying a new paddleboard is a lot of fun, but when you have bought your board, you do not want to have to buy another one.

I have heard countless stories of people who have fallen off their boards and have not been wearing a leash, only to see their boards disappear down a river or get lost out in the sea. By wearing a SUP leash, you ensure that you do not lose your board when you fall off, especially in faster-moving bodies of water.

Even if your board is not swept away, it can be a nuisance and tiring getting back to your board, especially if the wind is moving it away from you. When you are wearing a leash, you can pull the boat back to you with ease. If the water is cold, you do not want to be spending a lot of time in the water, or you risk your body temperature becoming low, and that can be dangerous. A leash helps to keep your board near you and gets you back on your board quickly.

Q: What Are The Parts Of A SUP Leash?


There are three main parts to your SUP leash. The rail saver is the part which attached the cord or string to the paddleboard. When you are looking at leashes. Look at how the leash attaches to the board. The rail saver should be made from durable materials, should be able to move in all directions so that it is not strained, and should have extra protection, like velcro, to ensure that it stays attached to the board.

The cord will make up the main part of the leash, and will either be coiled or coiled/straight. Look for the material in the coil. We would recommend a could which is made from urethane. When you are buying the leash, make sure that you have enough length so that you can move about on your paddleboard. The cuff is the last part of the SUP leash. You should make sure that the leash fits you well on either the ankle of the calf. It should fit comfortably, and he held in place by velcro.

Q: How Long Should The Leash Be?


Leash sizes can differ, and you may find that you are more comfortable with a shorter leash or a longer leash. A general rule of thumb is to have a lash which is roughly a foot longer than your board. So, if you have a ten-foot board, then you should be looking for an eleven-foot leash. If your leash is too short, then when you fall off and into the water, there will not be bought space for the board to spring cack without hitting you. This can be dangerous, especially when you are disorientated.

Q: What is The Difference Between A SUP Leash and a Surf Leash?


The main difference is in where the cuff is attached to you. With a surfboard leash, the cuff is attached around the ankle or the wrist. With a SUP leash, the cuff is more commonly attached to the calf, just below the knee. When you are on a surfboard, you want the leash to be as short as possible, while still giving you enough space to be out of the way when the board springs back after you fall off.

When you are on your surfboard, you are also not moving around very much, and if you are moving around on a longboard, it is usually with a pivoting movement. On a SUP, you move around more, and you want something which is out of the way. By wearing the leash on your calf, there is less chance of the leash being tripped on by the other leg. Since you are wearing the cuff around your calf instead of your ankle or wrist, the cuff size is slightly different.

Q: What Leg Does The Leash Go On?


It really does not matter which leg the leash goes on, as the end result will be the same when you are in the water. As long as you have the board attached to you, then the leash will do its job. Having said that, there are some reasons why you may choose one leg over the other.

Many paddleboarders will choose to put the leash on their dominant leg. For some reason, it just feels right to have it on that leg. The leg is stronger, more versatile, and more coordinated, so it just feels right. Comfort is a big part of paddleboarding, so you should always try and find the position which is most comfortable for you.

The other thing to think about is the position of your legs. Most of the time you will be standing with your legs apart and facing forward. They will both be the same distance from the back of the board (where the leash will usually attach), but there are times, like when you are navigating the rapids of a river, where you will switch positions and have one foot forward and one foot back. If there is a chance of this happening, then you should attach the leash to the foot which will be further back on the board. This will ensure that the back leg does not get caught in the leash if the leash is on the front leg.

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Paddle boarding has become a very popular and fun activity that has taken over in the world of water sports. When out in the water even the most experienced paddlers can face unforeseen circumstances and fall off their board. When this occurs your board can act as an added flotation device and especially when out in open water can be an incredibly important thing to have.

Attaching you to your board is the job of your SUP leash and in extreme cases it can mean the difference between life and death. You want to have the best SUP leash that lasts, just like your board does. Choosing a board backed by a lifetime guarantee will ensure that you get the most out of your leash. Having a high quality leash, especially in the surf, will give you the peace of mind to focus on your paddle.

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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!