Tether from Kayaker to Kayak

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As open water (albeit "along the shore" open water ) stand up paddler this post made me think about leashing to kayak. The leash is considered more important safety device that flotation device among SUP paddlers. I've been falling off the boards (surfboards and paddleboards)  for many years and had only one occurrence when leash tangled around my leg (and conditions were like a washing machine). And I had two incidents when I was separated from my boards (once leash swivel went and once the loop connecting the leash to the board) and I took me a lot of effort to reconnect with the boards.  


In surfing/ SUP the general rule your leash should be about the lenght of your board. Also, worth to mention that actual surf/sup leashes are made from elastic polymers, that prevent them from tangling. Swivel also help. So if you going to tether - use the real thing, not paracord or anything similar. 

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