Technique with Travis – Leashes

Technique with Travis

This little tutorial on the use of leashes is one of several clips in an NSP exclusive series of short, instructional videos by Travis Grant. In this episode, Travis points out the different options there are and like Travis, we can’t stress enough how important the use of a leash is:

Always use a leash

Every year, people are seriously injured by out-of-control boards, with the occasional fatality. Today, the different SUP racing leagues have already made leashes mandatory at every event but we encourage you to make it a habit to wear one as well, whether you are competing or not.

Travis explains different leash options

Main Takeaways from this episode


NSP Racebooards have two leash plugs; one in the back for surf-style attaching and one in the front, allowing for a shorter (and lighter) leash. Be careful not to fall on your board with the latter though.


Whether you are training, cruising or participating in a race, always, always wear a leash. You never know what’s going to happen out there and leashes save lives.


Calf leashes are easier/faster to open than traditional ankle leashes. The NSP leash belt with a quick-release is even faster and makes a lot of sense for racing, foiling or whitewater SUP.

About Travis

Travis Grant is a stand-up paddle athlete with several world titles under his belt, including Molokai, the Carolina Cup, King of the Harbour NZ and countless others.

About Leashes

Leash technology has come a long way and rightly so. Whereas surfers require a straightforward leash solution, stand-up paddlers are better served with a coil leash, attached to the calf instead of the ankle.

Racers require a slightly different leash from recreational paddlers and for foiling or whitewater adventures, it really is best to have a leash that avoids getting tangled up. For these applications, an additional leash belt really makes sense.

Travis Grant in his winning Kamanu Composites canoe (Pic by SUPracer)

Also in this how-to series:

Techinque with Travis – Improving your SUP paddling style
Technique with Travis – Proper paddle length
Technique with Travis – Buoy Turning
Technique with Travis – Racing Strategy
Technique with Travis – Choosing your SUP fins
Technique with Travis – Recessed decks and what does it do?
Technique with Travis – How to do fast beach starts

Video by: Taylor Johnson