This FAQ guide to surfing and surf equipment gives answers to the most frequently asked questions where you are new surfer or an experienced wave rider.
If you only have to make a small repair you can use a solar curing resin like Solarez or Durarez. These resins have fibres premixed into them and cure in a few minutes when exposed to direct sunlight.
If you have a large ding to repair use a full ding repair kit with fibreglass, resin, foam filler and sandpaper included.
The first type of leash has a Velcro strap and a sewn in string. For these simply open out the Velcro, push the string loop under the leash plug bar, fishing it back out the other side using a small instrument like a fin key or screwdriver. Then pull the Velcro ends through the string loop, so the string is next to the sewn in part, and fold over the Velcro to secure it. Finally, give it a good tug so you are happy it is secure and to lock in the Velcro.
The second type of leash has a Velcro rail saver strap and a loose string. With this you can open up the Velcro, take out the string and loop it into the leash plug as above. Be sure that when you have it through the plug you put the Velcro rail saver back though both loops either side of the bar. If you have created one loop by pulling the string back through itself you can end up with a piece that is so long it might bite into the board under the pressure of a wipeout. It’s easy to test if the string is too long by pulling the leash around the tail and ensuring only the rail saver strap touches the boards rails and tail area
The last leash type does not have a Velcro rail saver. Only a strap with a loop on it. The string normally comes tied into this loop. To secure it, untie the string and push it through the leash plug, through the loop on the rail saver and then tie it using a figure of 8 or 'overhand' knot.