While on vacation out in SD last week, I noticed many short boarders without leashes. Lots of <6ft. boards washing into shore only to see the rider out 50+yds coming in to get their board.

I don't see this at all on the mid-atlantic area. Some nose riding longboarders and SUPs don't use leashes but never seen a shortboarder without one. What's up with this? Not like your need to walk out onto the nose of your 5'6'' Al Merrick and might trip on the leash.