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Leash Plug Placement

We get a lot of questions on leash plugs and the placement of them on your boards. We recently received the following question: can the leash plug be a couple inches up from tail? Not sure where you normally place it. But I recently got a board that had the leash plug way back, which I thought was weird.

Here, Rusty answers this question. Check it out:

Actually, we try to put the plug as far back as the tail thickness will allow.

A few reasons:

  1. When you fall off your board, the further back the leash plug/loop is the less drag. Think about having your plug/loop up a couple of feet or all the way up to the middle. The board would pull you along mercilessly. Too much drag and the leash or plug/loop will fail. Also, you have a much higher chance of the leash line pulling through the board.Also,the further up the plug/loop is the more likely it will put the leash under foot, or worse, tangled around your back foot.
  2. Conversely, if it is right on the tail block there is a much, relatively, lower drag.
  3. Loops are much sturdier. There are some surfers, especially big wave riders and alternative riders that have fiberglass loops right on the tail block.

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