I know some of you will say you just dont use them, but I do. Anyway, I've begun stretching them out between two posts in my shop, keeping them under tension, when not in use in hopes that they will tangle less in the water. Wondering what other leash users do. I imagine leaving them wrapped around the board would be the worst storage.
durrrr, stretching them out with create tension (obviously), which when released it will bunch up. ever stretch a rubber band? As soon as you release it, the band quickly jumbles into a ball. I never wrap my leash around my board for that same reason. Wrapping the leash around our boards (tight around the fins) creates the leash to get more bunched for that same reason. Pretty elementary science.
XM and a few other labels offer "tangle free leashes." Nothing special about the leash, just a small weight added during production (see image). I'm sure that if you came to the conclusion to "stretch" your leashes, you can figure out a way to attach a weight (post fabrication). Fishing weight?
I bought a board over the winter from a guy who hadn’t used it in a long time. My guess is he walked into a surf shop and bought the whole 9 yds, used it maybe a half dozen times one summer, put it back in the bag and there it stayed for 6 or 7 yrs. The leash was wrapped around the fins tightly. When I took it off it looked like a new shoe lace just out of the wrapper. I put a water bottle in the ankle strap, then hung it in the garage and left it for about a month. It straightened out a little but not much. It took about a month of usage before it returned to normal.
I was hanging them but my ceiling is too low for my longboard leashes. I only started "stretching" them after I got a new new one that came coiled up in its package and seemed to have the memory to keep recoiling. I looked at those "tangle free" leashes but thought they looked like they create a lot of drag. Didnt know they were actually weights; I thought they worked on resistance.
I'm amazed at the detail everyone goes through to keep their leash straight, lol. I wrap mine around my board and fins after every use, always have and don't have an issue with it tangling. One or two good stretches in the water after a closeout and it is pin straight again.
I just throw them in my boardbag and however they they land that's how they stay, seems like overkill to keep them all stretched out. The real difference is getting a quality leash, ever since I got a Stay Covered leash I have had no tangle problems. I've had it for about 6 months and I will never go back to another brand. They use a different kind of urethane I guess, plus it's made in the US.