Has anyone experienced any of these bummers?
My first board was a NSP mini-mal and the leash I used was a second hand Bullys which snapped at the swivel after about a year of quite heavy use. I nosed dived on a head-high bomb and Twang! it just went and the board rode on its own all the way to the beach. I felt a bit pannicked because my arms were really tired at that point and thought for a while I wasn't going to make the distance back to the shore. The extra buoyancy from the wetsuit seemed to make the swim back easier tho and I made it back ok in the end. Got a replacement quality leash the next day.
I always thought that those leash plugs are designed pretty flimsy and one of those snapping or getting pulled out would be more likely than a snapped leash which has a fair amount of elasticity. How are plugs glassed in? - is there usually any special strenghtening built in at that point?
Anyone want to share any similar experiences of equipment failure?