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by keeldude » Thu Jan 06, 2022 12:23 am

Looks like there's not a whole lot of room there, but perhaps you could carefully extricate the old leash plug with a hole saw, and replace it, and then possibly double it up with a second leash plug rotated 90 degrees. Might have to peel back or cut another notch out of the traction pad to accomodate a second leash plug. I would suggest using a branded plug like Futures (particularly a narrow rectangular one--they seem far less likely to suffer from the rod failing) or FCS, rather than a random one from amazon/ebay/aliexpress. Then you use two seperate short paracord loops which your leash will attach to.

Usually leash plugs are taped and set under the fiberglass lamination for durability and then afterwards the opening is carefully cut open. Leash plugs can be retrofitted as well but I would recommend a fiberglass patch with epoxy extending at least an inch or two beyond the plug (or whatever fits). In your case the rod ripped out, rather than the plug, but its still a good idea. Big wave surfers use multiple leash plugs on their boards and super heavy duty leashes.
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by Alton » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:06 pm

ShonanDB wrote:I used Ez-Plug on my Longboard when I was in Japan and it held well even in OH waves.

I would have tried the Ez-Plug if it didn't take 1 month to ship from China
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by Alton » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:15 pm

keeldude wrote:Looks like there's not a whole lot of room there, but perhaps you could carefully extricate the old leash plug with a hole saw, and replace it, and then possibly double it up with a second leash plug rotated 90 degrees ...

Correct about not a lot of room ... more like 3/4 inch.

Since the surfboard is pretty beat up I can't bear the thought of spending more than an hour working on this
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by Alton » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:18 pm

Finally ready after 7 days curing. Feels pretty f*n solid. Dunno when I can test it ... next month? :cry:

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by Richi » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:23 pm

Hey Alton, if your copper hardware store fix fails or gets hit by lightning, I believe the surfco plug is at MEC.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5024-652/ ... gLoDPD_BwE
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by Alton » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:28 pm

Richi wrote:Hey Alton, if your copper hardware store fix fails or gets hit by lightning, I believe the surfco plug is at MEC.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5024-652/ ... gLoDPD_BwE

Oh man ... if I had know about MEC I would have tried it first
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by Alton » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:32 pm

Alton wrote:Oh man ... if I had know about MEC I would have tried it first

Actually, the Surfco EZ Plug is 3"x2" which is too big for stern of my surfboard ... I only have 3/4"
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by Alton » Thu Jan 13, 2022 3:39 pm

Decided to shorten the shock cord loop to 2" diameter ... now elegant yet discrete

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by Slappy » Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:02 pm

I worry about that metal bit ripping off the board and rebounding towards you.
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by Richi » Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:13 pm

You are a legend Alton, but Slappy makes a good point.
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