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To wear a longboard leash, or not? Well, surprisingly this is quite a contentious debate. Chances are, you’ve probably seen someone out in a crowded line-up, leash-less, maneuvering through seas of people with near dance-like grace. You’ve also probably seen same someone lose their 10-foot board on a take-off and have watched that beautiful log transform into a 10-foot projectile hurdling through the water towards helpless crowds of surfers. The point is, regardless of skill level, a leash can be crucial to longboarding in various situations. If you’re surfing somewhere rocky, crowded, far out to sea, or simply do not like swimming after your board, you’re likely a great candidate for a longboard leash. Longboard leashes typically include ankle, and calf leashes. Ankle leashes are quite common in surfing as the ankle is usually regarded as the most comfortable point of attachment, and with the flick of your foot, allows for easier board retrieval upon losing your board. However, when longboarding, ankle leashes can often get tangled, and impede cross-stepping and other longboarding maneuvers. Calf leashes are a great alternative, and tend to get less tangled while walking about a longboard. At Rider Shack, we carry a large selection of both ankle, and calf longboard leashes from FCS, Dakine, Channel Islands, Creatures, and more!