The Quiksilver accessories range is designed and tested by Quik’s elite surf team to allow them to do what they do best, and the Trestles leash, just as the name suggests, is all about high performance.

In everyday surf, you don’t really want to be thinking too much about your leash. It’s not a life-preserving device, merely something that you need to surf safe/legal, but shouldn’t be able to feel too much. It definitely shouldn’t tangle or get in the way, or slow you down.

But then, when you do need it, perhaps not quite nailing that blowtail reverse in front of the Widowmaker Rock at low tide, or not quite coming out of that shorey tube in front of the surf school of 9-year-old school girls, or, if dare we suggest, opting out of that duckdive and deciding to bail instead, without looking behind you to note if anyone’s there (come on now, be honest), it needs to be reliable.

The Quiksilver Trestles leash passes on all counts.

“I’ll tell you what is new; the little plastic needle thingy on the stringy. First saw one of these this past winter, mind blown”

The little plastic needle thingy

A strong 7mm urethane cord should be enough for everything you’d surf up to 6ft, while the ankle cuff is comfortable, with a super easy loop for rapid removal. Anti-slip patches on the inside of the cuff prevent your leash from slipping around your ankle, which can be a bit of a bummer, especially at heavier breaks when your board’s been on an underwater adventure with the whitewater.

Quiksilver Trestles Leash

Size: 6ft
Weight: 207g
Price: €34

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Has leash design come on much in the last few years/decades? Maybe not, until now.

Coz I’ll tell you what is new; the little plastic needle thingy on the stringy. First saw one of these this past winter, mind blown.

No more frantic fingering at the water’s edge, no more trying to wedge a stick, fin key, or whatever is to hand to get the string through a tight leash plug.

Game-changer.