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ASB MAGAZINE: Three Mandurah  (WA) surfers have developed a simple solution to a long standing problem for surfers; breaking your leash mid surf with no backup leash. The patent pending device aims to resolve this problem with a simple temporary surf board leash connection known as Surf ResQ.  The idea was developed after an Indonesian boat trip where co-founder Michael Sidebottom snapped his leash early in their session.


Given that we had told our boat operator to pick us up in 3 hours, it was a long and frustrating session where I missed plenty of good waves while I was swimming in to retrieve my board,” said Michael Sidebottom.


That was the genesis of a Surf ResQ and the trio aimed to resolve the immediate problem of continuing to surf with a simple effective solution. Two years later, the Surf ResQ device was designed and developed in Mandurah and the company has partnered with Mandurah Boardriders to develop, sponsor and R&D the revolutionary device.


 “You don’t expect to paddle out and break your leash, but if you do, you’ll be thankful you have a light weight, quick and easy repair solution right there with you,” observed Michael Sidebottom.


The Surf ResQ device is  simple to use and can be activated in seconds. It’s a temporary repair solution, similar to a puncture repair kit on a bike, but has been engineered to ensure that surfers are able to continue surfing immediately. Surf ResQ have also developed a small pouch which connects to the rail saver on your leash so you can have your Surf ResQ device with you when you need it most – while you’re out in the water surfing.


We’ve been testing and using the pouch for months now, and we find that its perfect for storing your Surf ResQ device on your board. We all keep one on each board so we know that if we do break a leash, we’ve got our repair solution right there with us, rather than having to paddle in only to find I don’t have a spare leash,” said Michael Sidebottom.


Surf ResQ will retail for $19.95 or $34.99 (Twin pack) and $29.95 for a Starter pack.

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