When we saw the pictures of this, we had to pass it along. Thanks to stand up paddle surfer Pete Hughes in Huntington Beach, CA for sharing this freak story with us and allowing us to pass it along. If this has happened to you or anyone you know, please comment so we can gauge the risk of using a coiled leash with a stand up paddle board. Check out the pics and be glad it wasn't your forehead.
"A few days ago I went out at Huntington. It was a weird day. It looked to be about 4' nobody out from Beach Blvd. to the pier. The shore break was pounding, hard to get out. I finally get outside and the waves were more like 4 - 6' bigger than I thought and there was a lot of backwash and two different swells combining and it was up and down and all around, good work out though."
"I decided on paddling to the pier catching waves on the way to the pier and back. I was waiting to take my last wave in when this pretty good size wave popped up I decided I will take it in but all of a sudden it jack up on me I thought I probably wouldn't make it then I fell back at the top of the wave but the board went over and my leash was pulling hard and then all of a sudden the leash broke off my ankle I swam to retrieve my board and I notice the end of the leash is in the deck of my board and I first thought It pulled through from the rail but it actually had penetrated the deck pad, through the heavy glass job and 4" in the foam."
"My board is 4 1/2" thick. Take a look at the pic.'s. I figure my leash has that brass swivel fitting and the tension was so great when it broke it was like a bullet. Imagine if that hit someone or if it broke from the board side and shot at me. When I got home I thought I would cut the leash and leave the brass fitting in the board. So I sanded it a used epoxy solarez but when it dried I noticed it was not firm so I decided to cut it open and found a hole the size of almost a baseball. Amazing! In retrospect what would I do different? I would have been better off not hesitating on the take off and just go for it taking the late drop and take my chances, at least I would be going with the flow. But most importantly as much as I like the coil leash I will not use a coil leash for surfing again. To risky."
Huntington Beach, Ca.