How to choose your bodyboard swinfins leash

Choosing your  bodyboard swimfins leash, is something that not everyone pays too much attention, but imagine; You are in an epic session, perfect waves for bodyboarding, sun, friends, and, SURPRISE! Wave attack and you’ve lost a fin. Nightmare right?

So that it does not happen to you, we will explain here the different types of bodyboard swinfins leash that exist, such as placing them, and pros and cons of each one.

A bodyboard swinfin leash is just a tool for when the wave wants to snatch them, it is you who wins the game. There can be few types.

Velcro fastening to the ankle: This type of bodyboard swinfin leash consists of a rope that is tied to the strip of the bodyboard fin with a simple knot, and reaches the ankle with a velcro strap. The advantage of this is that it is tied to the ankle with padding. In this way, if the fin is released in a jumble, it won’t hurt you when you pull it.


Grapping to the ankle with cord: They consist of a single rope, which is also tied to the strip of the fin, and the other end is attached to the ankle either by pressure like pride fin laces, by click system like the fin tethers creatures or for a knot such as the NMD system or Found. They are less bulky, lighter and you don’t feel it on the ankle. The only handicap he can have is when your fin escapes and he pulls some jumble, he can do some damage to your ankle, no more than a small scratch, nothing that a bodyboarder can not stand!


Fastening to the flap of the fin: Finally, we have a recently new variation. It consists of a neoprene protection that is placed on the strip of the fin and a cinch on the instep. It is ideal to protect the tendon of the ankle and have the fins with greater support and comfort. Apart from holding the foot to the fin with more force, it is comfortable to put on and does not hinder when surfing. They are also very good option for when you are doubtful between two sizes of fins, since this type of fin fastener will make the support better.


It is not advisable to tie the fins with the typical shoelace by hanging and tightening the flap of the flap too much. In this way if the fin ever escapes us, the pressure of the wave pulling it on your ankle can very likely cut the webbing in two, breaking and thus losing our fins. Here you can see some images of real clients with this problem.

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