Gear update: Ghost Leash lifts leash out of water so you don’t snag rocks or seaweed

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Ever have your leash snag on some coral or a rock while sup surfing?  Ever have it catch some seaweed and slow you down monumentally while in a sup race?

Check out this new innovative Ghost Leash created by Jason Cole of Paddle Barbados as a way to insure your leash doesn’t get hooked on anything again!

Local sup surf legend Jason Cole in Barbados has won national surfing competitions, offers professional sup surf coaching with his wife Sarah and together they own & operate Paddle Barbados on Carlisle Bay at the St. Lawrence Gap in sunny Barbados!

Ghost Leash:  What’s the Back Story?

Here’s what Jason Cole has to say:

About four years ago something happened in the North Atlantic Gyre. This circular current that eternally rotates around the island of Bermuda started to do something different. The Gyre that usually traps expansive mats of sargassum seaweed started to spill long floating lines into the Caribbean.

Here in the southern most part of the island chain, Barbados was being inundated by this new menace. Small rafts of weed were washing into the bays smothering our beaches but most frustratingly, choking up the waves.

Tucking your leash into your waistband works!

Pulling seaweed out of leashes and throwing it into the air was a common sight in every surf line up in Barbados. Something had to be done. While looking at early pictures of Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton, I imagined a solution. These gurus of standup paddling were tucking their leashes into their waistband; thus, keeping them out of the water. I tried it and it worked! I could paddle around seaweed saturated lineups without dragging a ton.

I was not completely satisfied by this solution. There were some issues with the length of leash and setting into your waistband.  And, what if you weren’t wearing trunks?

Ghost Leash Paddle Barbados sup surfer
Pro surfers for years have had the practice of tucking their leash into their waistband to avoid coral and seaweed snags. Jason took that one step further with the Ghost Leash.

Enter Ghost Leash!  A whole new way to avoid messy (and dangerous) snags

Jason’s design for Ghost Leash took this concept of tucking a leash into a paddler’s waist band and incorporates a clip to keep it in place.  You can attach the Ghost Leash to your swim trunks or PFD belt or life jacket.  That way, one isn’t required to be wearing something that the leash can fit into.  Check out the video above for a demonstration of Ghost Leash!

Ghost Leash:  Final words

That’s where Ghost Leash came from. A friend of Jason’s with a 3D printer built the first prototype and it worked straight away. A surfer’s or paddler’s leash was now completely under control.

The team from Ghost Leash has created a Kickstarter campaign in order to begin production.  You can learn more and participate in the Kickstarter in order to bring this innovative style & security device into fruition.

Ghost Leash will be available for retail in March 2018.

The Ghost Leash clip will be made be using recycled PET. As close to 100% as the process will allow.

Jason is even in discussion with Zane Schweitzer to develop a bamboo version with bio resin.


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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.