Early Invention of Surfboard Leash
Surf Leash is an equivalent of surfing’s hole puncher. The concept involved behind the design of leash is simple, yet it is highly effective in its practice. Its qualities are similar to that of a hole puncher and include drilling of small cavity called a leash plug.
Invention of Surfboard Leash:
The invention of Leash can be considered as one of the essential progress that has taken place in the field of surfing.
The first form of surf leash was invented in mid-1930’s, when an American surfboard designer attached a 10-foot length of cotton rope from his waist belt to the surfing board. It can be considered as one of the earliest forms of surfboard leash. Later in the 1950’s, a French surfer introduced the double Velcro ankle strap between the foot line and his board.
But the actual credit of invention of Surfboard leash is given to Santa Cruz’s Pat O’Neil. He in the 1970s, created a tubing to the nose of his board with a suction cup and wrapped the other end to his wrist. Ever since the surfboard leash began slipping its way into the universe. People started experimenting with this new invention.
This design ensured the board stays nearby even after a wipeout. The surfer could also be able to use this new product to leverage cutbacks and turns. However, in 1971, the leash had undergone minute changes. It was made by connecting from the tail of the board to the ankle of the surfer. This new design has been advertised as a board saver and was being sold in the market.
Advantages of Surfboard Leash:
- Surfboard leashes make surfing much better even for the less skilled professionals
- It allows even the amateur surfers to ride the waves safely without the fear of falling off.
- This innovative design has just let the surfers surf longer and further
Few big-wave riders have claimed that climbing the leash has saved them from drowning during certain nasty wipeouts.
It is impossible to deny that leash has an influential role to play in surfing, making it bigger, higher and ultimately safer.