Do you always wear a leash?

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asked Jun 27, 2017 in Stand Up Paddle Boarding by hurfish (3,024 points)

5 Answers

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answered Jul 15, 2017 by cquade7 (3,269 points)
I do not, unless I am in rough waters, I can balance pretty well and have not had any problems on the board I have.
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answered Jul 25, 2017 by Brilliant1 (595 points)
When I'm in a completely enclosed and well known area - like my marina or the lake I live on, I do not.

The rest of the time, yes, just because it's easier to reclaim should I fall off - which has seldom happened.
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answered Sep 13, 2017 by Deanaguf (410 points)
I do. Even though I'm pretty confident, you're only one large wake away from a fall and boards are too expensive to be chasing!
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answered Oct 28, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
I do always wear my leash. Perhaps not necessary but a good best practice. Not an issue.
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answered Mar 20, 2018 by EddieR (100 points)
Always, even on a river but only with a quick release leash or rescue vest that has a quick release. Leashes on Rivers can be deadly, a quick release leash or rescue vest w quick release is the only exception when on a river. I use both together and  On top of that double quick release set up I also Sometimes use a plastic s biner clip rated at 25lbs. It can break easily if I’m unconscious and trapped by the leash.
commented Sep 18, 2018 by EddieR (100 points)
When doing Freestyle tricks a leash can get all wrapped up around your legs. Freestyle is usually done in very calm conditions where it’s not likely the board would get away and you could swim to shore if it did.
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