“Leashes are for dogs.”
Aside from Aussie-isms like Legrope and Leggie, surf slang for leashes also include: Ding String, Surf Strap, Shot Cord, Kook Connector, Kook Cord, Sissy String, Dope Rope, Goon Strap.
That’s what anti-leashers said when the surf leash first appeared in line-ups back in the early ‘70s. Then Bob Nealy at XM | SURF MORE started innovating on that front around 1973 when he founded the company. XM introduced the first velcro strap (among other innovations) and more and more people joined the movement. Leashes made sense. By the mid-70s, most surfers were on-board. And not too long ago a Surfer Magazine poll found that 99% of surfers now wear leashes most of the time.
Comp is short for competition. The XM Comp premium leash is the all-around favorite leash cord strength/thickness for small to medium waves and competitive surfers. It’s on the thinner and lighter side and keeps your short board tethered while still feeling pretty free in the water.
All XM Comp premium leashes use XM POWER CORD - the latest technology from XM's own proprietary urethane cord production facilities in San Clemente, California, USA. Over the last 30 plus years of manufacturing our own urethane cord we've perfected the right balance between strength and flexibility to produce premium high quality cords you can rely on. Especially when you need to get competitive.
The all-around favorite leash cord strength/thickness for small to medium waves and competitive surfers. Ultra-Premium XM POWER CORD is manufactured by XM in its USA, California facilities and benefits from over 30 years of XM urethane cord extrusion research and development using XM's proprietary formula, process and equipment.
- COMPETITION STRENGTH/THICKNESS: .220 INCH DIAMETER XM POWER CORD
- 1.5 INCH INCH PREMIUM HOOK AND LOOP SINGLE-WRAP STRAP
- WITH SPECIALLY DESIGNED 2.5 INCH BY 15 INCH KNEE/CALF STRAP
- UNBREAKABLE STAINLESS STEEL XM SWIVELS
Did we mention that XM leashes are all made by hand. By real people. Here in America? Hopefully that should even put a little more pep in your cutback. Some of our artisans have been part of the XM | SURF MORE family over 35 years. All this experience, dedication, and love goes into every leash made here in San Clemente, California since 1973. Yep that's almost 50 years of premium high quality dedication and heritage. A legacy of quality and craftsmanship unmatched by anyone in the industry.
All XM premium and ultra-premium leashes now come with XM's latest in cord technology. XM POWER CORD is manufactured by XM in its USA, California facilities and benefits from over 30 years of XM urethane cord extrusion research and development using XM's proprietary formula, process and equipment. No other major leash brand comes close to XM's cord production mastery as they all outsource their leash production overseas. XM has achieved the perfect balance between strength and flexibility delivering the ultimate performance and safety for XM athletes all over the world. XM is the best choice for power athletes.
Of course, all our premium and ultra-premium leashes have XM’s killer, unmatched warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for 3 whole years from the original purchase date. (Abuse, inappropriate use, natural wear and fin cuts not applied)... But how about those 3 years?! We feel so strongly about our premium high quality materials and craftsmanship we back it up like no other. A WARRANTY SO EPIC IT'S UNMATCHED BY ANYONE IN THE INDUSTRY.
Totally out of the way for walking the board. Have only stepped on it once. Extra minimalist insurance for rocky breaks and getting used to the new board (and not messing up brand new Pocket Knife during first few sessions). XM always the way to go!
So stoked to hear how well the knee / calf strap is working for you Erik!
Perfect for nose riding!
That's great to hear. Thanks for the feedback Timothy.