Attaching A Bodyboard Leash Plug
Fitting A Bodyboard Leash Plug
This is very simple and should take less than one minute. You can use anything that is thin, strong and at least 4 inches (10cms) long. A phillips head screwdriver is the best.
Lay on your board and pretend you are riding on a wave, figure out where the leash would feel most comfortable. Most riders will put the leash about 8 inches(20cms) down from the nose of the board, in the center, but some will put it about 6 inches (15cms) in from either side depending on which side they wear their leash,usually to the opposite side that your leashed arm will be, ie on the left If you're right handed, so that the coiles cord will be on the bodyboards deck rather than trailing in the water. If you're not sure which arm the leash will go on, a good idea is to put it right in the center, about 8 inches (20cms) down from the nose. CAUTION: If your board has a stringer, be sure NOT to install the leash directly in the center or you will hit the stringer and have to wedge it aside to get your leash plug in.
You can install about 1 inch either side of center and you'll be fine. With double stringer boards, the stringers are generally installed halfway between the centerand the rail.Once you have found the right spot, remember where it is or even mark it with a pencil on the deck...
Support the back of the board and then push it with your hand so it pops through the slick bottom. Twist thescrewdriver around so it makes thehole in your board big enough to fit the two ends of the plug...
Place the screwdriver upright on the spot on the deck of your board where you want to put the plug and push it into your board slowly until it hits theslick bottom...
Put the two ends of the plug in eitherside of the board...
Screw the bottom plate of the plug into the top plate using a large coinor a broad flat head screwdriver until each side of the plug is slightly recessed. There is no need to seal the opening as the cells in a bodyboard are closed, and water can't travel from one cell to the other.
Grab the two strings thatcome out of the plug...
Thread one end of thestring through thebrass/stainless steal loopat the end of the leash...
Put the two stringstogether and loop aroundto create a knot...
Pull the two stringsthrough the loop you've created...
Pull the knot tight andyour done! This is called a"double overhand knot".
You're ready to surf !!!