Is It illegal to surf without a leash.

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by mtiz257, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. mtiz257

    mtiz257 Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    I'm particularly concerned with New Jersey, I have been looking through my town's ordinances but haven't found anything. Wondering if anyone has some knowledge on this subject.
  2. NJ glide

    NJ glide Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2013
    In some spots yes. You are responsible for any damage your board causes to people or things leash or no leash according to the law.

  3. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    OMG, another leashe threade
  4. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I know, I'm so excited!
  5. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Just wear it. You're not that cool.
  6. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    Yes, and if you don't strap around your neck or wrist it's double fine and people chuck your shyte in the ocean
  7. frothy cheese

    frothy cheese Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2016
    my thoughts when i see the hipsters bein cool
  8. rcarter

    rcarter Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    Boom! Game over, KK won
  9. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    This is fascinating...exactly how is this "responsibility" enforced?

    I mean lets say we're both surfing and we collide. I'm surfing, you're paddling back out. My board hits you and damages you and/or your board. You say I carelessly ran you over. I say I was up and riding and you unexpectedly paddled right into my path when you could have followed known rules of surfing and avoided but didn't. Who decides?

    Any chance you could provide a link to this law?
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  10. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    why have you not abandonned yet?
  11. PA_KOOK

    PA_KOOK Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2016
    It's simple, wear your leash if you're surfing in a crowd and/or the waves are decent. If you're surfing by yourself and/or the waves are **** do whatever tickles your tits.

    I know AP tried to pass an ordinance 8-10 years ago requiring a leash but I don't think it was passed. You can read about the legal implications of surfing here ( It's not specific to NJ though.

    I took a quick look at some of the beaches and couldn't find any statutes requiring leashes be worn.
  12. JohnnyCornstarch

    JohnnyCornstarch Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2015
    Must be nice to be so close to the beach to have that option... No leash in Florida and you're in for quite the swim.
  13. frothy cheese

    frothy cheese Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2016
    Abandonned what?
  14. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2014
    Wear leash with crowds, save yourself a lawsuit. I don't know why people like chasing after their boards anyway? I get it with logging, you don't want a leash jamming you up whilst nose riding and that shouldn't be an issue on smaller days.
  15. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I rarely have a problem nose riding while wearing a leash, if you have the proper length of leash (same length as the board) it shouldn't be an issue. Once you're up and moving the leash drags behind keeping it out of the way, at least for me. The only time I have problems with a leash is if I leave it wrapped around my board after a session (only 1% of the time) and it's coiled up causing it to tangle and getting in the way on the pop up, but I can usually move my feet and get out of it no problem. 99% of the time I take my leash off right after the session and hang it or lay it so that it's not all balled or tangled up.
  16. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    IM BradPitted for proper leash trying technique!!
  17. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I know there are leash laws. I meant I'd like to see the wording of this law:

  18. ThatSlyB

    ThatSlyB Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    Can't tell if you are actually curious to specific wordings or if you actually think you shouldn't be responsible when your board damages something
  19. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I think Mitchell would like to see the actual wordings
  20. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Actually neither of the above - I'm just bored at work

    But at the same time, stoked.........
    I ordered a custom Chemistry board, I think it got delivered to Malibus Surf Shop today, and Monday is suppose to be 3 foot and west winds all day.
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