hello, Some of your info is incorrect. The first leashes came about in 1970, way before anyone even surfed G Land. The first commercial one had a suction cup on it that was meant to be attached to the nose of the board. This was marketed by Dale Dobson, a surfer from Cal who came up in the long board era. The leash then changed to tail mounted. We made ours from bungee cord and just tied a loop in the bungee to go around the ankle. In big surf you had to reach down and hold the loop in your hand to lessen the pull on your ankle. We glassed a loop of fiberglass on the tail of the board to tie it to. Say what you will about the leash but when surfing near rocks,reefs,and cold water I will take it. When surfing 1/4 mile out to sea in DOH I will also use one. It is also a safety device when surfing around swimmers and people who are wading so your board does not hit them when you lose it, and you will lose it. Anyone who doesn't use one in that situation is just irresponsible and should stop surfing. Here in Kitty Hawk the only way we convinced the town council to allow surfing at all beaches all of the time was to have a leash law. I learned to surf at the Steel Pier in Virginia Beach in 1968 where we all had to crowd into a 1/4 mile section of beach. No fun and dangerous.
Everyone was a beginner. It never hurts to give a word of encouragement to those who want to learn anything if you can. I will submit that you should soften your outlook. Why be angry over something that is supposed to be fun?
Sincerely, Greg Hamby
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May 26, 2012, 11:52 PM #211
A+ kittyhawksurf, thats terrible that you could'nt surf a part of beach, I'd prolly do it anyways unless it was privately owned. I wish I lived about 60 years ago or so I'd post up camp on my favorite break, squatters rights!
May 27, 2012, 01:16 AM #213
the last time I saw Lee charge a monster, he ripped it and then rode the re-form to the beach in a soul arch...nothing but class JohnnyUtah...Lee is currently killing it in Mission Beach. Peace Lee man, save travels...
May 27, 2012, 01:31 AM #214
primo...love the post...remember, that hairy guy from Philly, has a hot S. Philly babe watching you show him up.
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Solid Beryl swell today
Lets go surf!
May 27, 2012, 01:56 PM #219
If you violated the surf law you would be ticketed and your board was impounded. Va. Beach still has surf laws. Here on The Outer Banks the only surf law is that you use a leash.
May 27, 2012, 01:57 PM #220
I like to carry a spear gun