Why a leash is the most important piece of equipment you’ll own. Here’s excerpts from an article from @standupjournal
to help you get a better understanding as to why leashes are so important and what to do if caught in a situation without one.
“Perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment is the leash, the thing that connects you to your board. For any paddler, this little item can literally mean the difference between life or death, especially if you become exhausted while out in suddenly windy or stormy conditions.
Always wear a leash, it will save your life. If you fall in and there is wind, current or even a breeze on a lake, river or in the ocean, your board will catch the wind and literally sail away from you. Chasing your board, especially with a paddle in your hand, is a recipe for exhaustion.
Best bet in the event of leash failure (or if you see a paddler struggling to swim while holding a paddle) is to tell them to ditch the paddle and swim to the closest board (yours or their own) or (swim/float) to safety. Paddles are designed to float and can be retrieved once a paddler is safely back on their board.”
For more information visit www.standupjournal.com or leave a comment below. We can all be advocates for safety. Have fun and be safe out there! #SUPPressYYC