Updated: May 24, 2022
Differences in Leg rope.
Are you confused about which Leg rope is the right one for you? You’re not the only one! So here is a small guide on how to choose the right leg rope for you.
Firstly, What length should I buy?
The rule of thumb is to match the length of the board to the length of the leg rope. So for example a 6ft board would require a 6ft leg rope. Brands such as Creatures of Leisure and Ocean & Earth make this part easy by putting a big number on the front of their boxes to indicate the length.
If the board is in the middle of a size run, it is better to get a longer leg rope than one that is too short. Especially if you're riding a long board this gives you the freedom to be able to move your feet up and down. Having that extra length also acts as a safety mechanism. If you fall off and the leg rope is to short it could potentially spring back and hit you.
Now that you have the length sorted, What type should I select?
It can be really overwhelming when you are standing in the shop, staring at all the different types.
Do I need standard, comp, pro, lite comp, lite pro, reef, big wave and the list goes on…
There are a couple of differences between these models, when we are looking at features such as the cuff which goes around your leg, the thickness of the rope and the swivel mechanism.
The cuff is the band that goes around your ankle or knee. Each cuff should come with a double wrap-around velcro cuff, this adds extra strength and security to your leg. You should be able to see the differences just by looking at them. The light and the pro models usually have a slim cuff designed for comfort and less drag in the water. Comfort should be your first priority when it comes to this, don’t be afraid to try a couple on in the store.
Longboards have the option of having an ankle or knee cuff. Knee cuffs are designed for if you are walking up and down the board. Having the leash up higher will prevent you from getting tangled in your leash.
Each model of leg rope will have its own cord thickness. The thinner the cord, the less drag it will have in the water as it trails behind you. Reducing drag makes turning easier, which is perfect for surfing in smaller waves. Be aware this will also effect how much stretch the rope will have. The thinner ropes will stretch a lot further. I would suggest if you are in bigger swell, definitely prepare your self with a thicker, more durable rope.
I would suggest no matter your choice of brand of leg rope, just ensure that it has two swivels. This gives two points where the leg rope can natural untangle itself. Some times the cheaper options will only have one, this increases the potential for your to get tangled when your board goes flying after a wave.
Rail saver and leash rope
A lot of the time, this is done incorrectly. When feeding the rope through the leash plug the string must be doubled over (see below). This ensures that the padded part of the leg rope will rub against the rail. If the string rubs against the rail this will cause cracks and damage to the tail of the board when the rope is at tension. This is a very common mistake. Trust me, even I have done this.
How to video on attaching your legrope.
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