A paddle leash will keep paddle and kayak together in wind and surf. Your grip on your paddle links you to your kayak after capsize. Use a paddle leash in surf and-or wind (NOT in whitewater) to maintain control of your kayak. Even if you let go, a paddle on a leash will act as a sea anchor to slow your kayak’s drift. Great for beginners. Handy for fishing and diving. Visit our Fishing department for the Keeper Fishing Pole Leash. Related articles: How to Use Backrests, Knee Straps and Paddle Leashes and How to Choose Backrests, Knee Straps and Paddle Leashes.