Cause of surfing takeoff failure(18)-Because your paddling is slow and you step on the leash

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Oliver
Oliver

Sometimes when I take off, the leash gets tangled in my leg.
Also, even if I take off, I may step on the leash.

If the leash gets tangled in your foot, it will be difficult to take off. Also, if you step on the leash after taking off, it will not be stable and riding will be difficult.

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Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

What should I do?

I will teach you how.
This time, I will talk about leashes.

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Wavalien
What you can see in this article

・ How to store leash

・ If you do fast paddling more than 10 times, the leash is less likely to get tangled in your foot .

・ How to wear a leash to avoid stepping on the leash

・ What to do if you step on a leash.

How to store leash

Please be careful about how to store the leash. For example, wrapping a leash around a surfboard and storing it will make it easier for the leash to get entangled. Hang and store the leash so that it is straight.

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If you do fast paddling more than 10 times, the leash is less likely to get tangled in your foot

The leash is floating around your ankle as you mount it on the surfboard and wait for the waves. If you try to take off in this state, the leash may get entangled in your leg.

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Wavalien

If you paddle fast more than 10 times, the resistance of the water will cause the leash to flow backwards. The leash moves away from your ankle, making it less likely to get entangled.

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Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

Why is it more than 10 times?

10 times is a guide.
This is because you need to paddle a certain distance before the leash flows backwards. I think it’s easy to get entangled when the paddle is 2-3 times.

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Wavalien

Also, beginners need to paddle at least 10 times to take off. For more information, please read the following articles.

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Wavalien

How to wear a leash to avoid stepping on the leash

The angle at which the leash velcro strap is wrapped around the ankle is also important. Wear the leash cord so that it faces the outside of the side of your ankle.

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Wavalien

What to do if you step on a leash

Oliver
Oliver

What should I do if I take off while stepping on the leash?

If that happens, you can remove the leash by raising your foot for a moment. However, this is difficult for beginner surfers. Because, if you raise one leg, the whole weight will be on the remaining leg. One point on the surfboard sinks and becomes very unstable. Therefore, beginners should be careful not to step on the leash as much as possible.

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Wavalien

Summary
Pay attention to the storage of the leash, the number and speed of paddling, and how to wear it.

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