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Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by grainofsand, Apr 1, 2019.
I would if I could! But they all have glassed on fins...
I glass on my leash loops on top deck with cloth and roving ,i have glassed on fins so no fin boxes and i dont like deck plugs so i pretty much have to make my own
at first we used bungee cord and a piece of belt to make leg ropes with a hole drilled through the fin to tie it to
i think that was about 1967 or 68
I remember those days...
So easy, even a caveman can do it.
We did the same thing in PR, but we held the rope around our wrists from a hole drilled in "skeg". My arms are still sore. That was mid sixties as well--my moms idea, actually. Good idea, but I stopped doing it---what kind of teen idol wants to be seen tied to a board??!!?? Not me!! No way!! Uh uhhh!!
We learned without "kook cords" as they were called back in the day, just a bungee. Finally got spooked by a big shark after losing my board and having to swim/pray/float back to shore so I said screw it, I'm a kook and I'm wearing a leash.
I usually wear one on the LB unless there are no people around, it's peeling and there are NO ROCKS. I screwed up and lost my boart once at Coral Cove and it got dinged pretty bad. I raced it to shore but the board won, and bang ding doink.
BTW, Jack O'Neal lost his eye way back when Barry and the dinosaurs roamed the lineups, using a leash affixed to the front of the boart. Trial and error.
O Barry used pterodactyl gut as a leash around 1966 BC.
Do you and Barry sit next to each other at dialysis?! Haha
The effects of firewater on the brain......
crazy he got broken ribs n a punctured lung while duck diving. makes me sad to hear this sht happen. haven't seen a board do cart wheels like that in a long long time
He's lucky it was just ribs. With as bad as the Xrays looked if that had been his head it could have been really bad.
Yeah, he could've ended up with severe dain bramage.
One of my buddies had his brand new(it was1978) surfings new image swallow tail out in some smallish stuff and he fell on one and landed on his back, he was laughing as he raised his head but the leash had pulled the board back so it was comin at him nose first and it kind of shot right at his front teeth.....knocking one out .
lucky we had been drinkin so he didnt seem to be in a lot of pain
I started surfin in 1960 and nobody had leashes then
First board i repaired /worked on had a big glassed on wooden D fin that a guy wanted me to change to the then new dorsal style fin
It's kind of humorous honestly.
You got old school guys who hate the younger generation and the fact that they wear leashes. Back in the day they didn't use leashes and if they lost a board they had to swim. Which made them "tough" or somthing. The younger generation uses leashes as a crutch and wouldn't survive without it.
Then you got other older people who say these younger "hipsters" should wear leashes and are putting other people in danger.
Seems it's a leash vs leashless debate(which im not taking a stance on here), pretty simple and a conversation can be had about that. Yet age/generation seems to always be brought up. Don't understand where the connection between your age and whether or not you wear a leash comes in.
There’s still a few old cliques who choose to go leashless, and I often see some younger guys go out on longboards without one.
I surfed for many years with no leash, in some gnarly places. If you started surfing before urethane leashes became popular in the early 80’s, you learn how to not lose your board...but inevitably it happens. Surfing leashless is kind of an art form, but let’s face it: you ultimately sacrifice performance...and safety. I’ve got a 40 year old 2” scar on the bottom of my foot from some kook losing his board.
Just wear a leash