- The leash is a
cord of polyurethane that straps around the ankle of a surfer and
is attached to the surfboard. Attach it to your back leg. Never
tug on the leash when your board is being held under as the board
can come snapping back at you. Practice removing it quickly in
case it gets caught on a rock or pier piling. Treat your surfboard
as if it was not attached, doing conservative exits and hanging
onto it at all times.
- Wax / Deck Grips
- Something to keep
your feet on the board once you learn to stand up.
Wax goes on the deck (top) of the board. Typically comes in
two coats, a base coat which goes directly onto the deck in a
thin layer, and then a sticky coat over that which beads up to
provide traction. Use long, quick strokes of the full board
length with subtle, light pressure to get a nice bead. Wax
combs can be purchased to rough-up wax as it gets worn slick
and to strip wax for a fresh coat. There's no need to buy any
custom wax remover from a surf shop, just leave the board in
the sun for 5 minutes and strip with a wax comb or any piece
of hard, straight plastic.
- Deck Grips
These are expensive traction pads that provide some extra grip
as well as padding for the deck of the board. They can limit
the movement of the feet and can result in discomfort to the
chest and stomach while paddling.
Tail patches are grip specially
designed for the rear of the board, and provide good traction
for the rear foot needed in most turns on a shortboard. Tail
patches should be placed centered over the rear fins. For the
rest of the board, the deck grip can go anywhere that seems
appropriate. Try popping up from a prone position to standing
with legs slightly apart next to the board. Place the grip so
your front foot is centered.