A good surf leash is one of those pieces of gear you forget about until you need it. On the other hand, a bad surf leash never lets you forget – maybe it’s constantly hog-tying you when you pop up or maybe the manufacturer skimped on the cuff fabric and Velcro so it’s digging into your ankle or not staying on like it should; or maybe it just snaps and you ruin your favorite board. Well, I’m pleased to report the Wave Tribe Recycled Leash is excellent.

For the past couple weeks I’ve been testing it on a variety of boards, even through four days of Hurricane Bertha swell, and it worked great. The urethane cord is made of recycled plastic and if you have any doubts about its long-term durability, it’s backed by a one-year warranty. Plus, I accidentally shut the leash in my truck door and dragged it 10 miles to a nearby beach. The trip probably took a year off its life but the leash still works great. Bottom line: buying this leash reduces your footprint on earth and it’s still every bit as comfortable and strong as any brand name leash I’ve ever used.

$20- US$25, GB£15, AUS$20; sizes 6 ft to 9 ft; wavetribe.com