Which Bodyboard Leash
Which type of leash is better, a wrist or bicep?
This is a common question and my answer is, "neither is better". Both actually have their own positives and negatives.
*Positives- It's comfortable and feels more natural to most people...probably because people wear stuff on their wrists already like watches/bracelets, etc. Also, when you fall off the board, it's easy to "whip" your wrist to quickly get the board to spring back.
*Negatives- Wrist leashes "can" get in your way at times. When you paddle, the leash trails in the water from your wrist and may get under your forearm when quickly taking off on a wave, though it's fairly rare.
*Positives- The bicep leash came about simply as a way to keep the leash out of the way better when arm paddling, and that is it's strong point. It doesn't trail in the water since your upper arm typically isn't in the water when paddling
*Negatives- To some it feels odd or unnatural to have a cuff around the lower bicep just above the elbow and when the arm bends and the bicep flexes, it tends to squeeze a bit. Plus, reeling in your board takes a bit more of a "jerk" of the entire arm to get it back.
With all of this said, about 80% of top bodyboarders today go with the bicep leash, but you should decide based on what's right for YOU.