Rasmus and the Elevator

By Geraldine Royal | 13th Dec 2018

The leg rope has been a necessary surfing commodity since the mid 70's when surfers experimented with 'home-made' leggies made of rope looped through the middle fin and a soft hanky tied around their ankles. Snapped ropes and limbs followed, but experiment often leads to solution and nowadays the age-old leg rope has left surfers somewhat spoiled for choice. 

Stoked recently came across an amazing story of what we consider to be 'dumb-luck'. Creatures of Leisure Super-Grom, Rasmus King explains.

Rasmus King is one of Australia's most progressive and stylish young groms to grace a surfboard.

On a recent surf trip to California he finished a session surfing Lowers.

Mum picked him up from the beach and headed back to the hotel. 

They jumped in the elevator on the ground floor, pressed the button for the third floor and started going up. 

Suddenly Rasmus felt a pull on his surfboard and noticed his leash was caught in the elevator door. 

Rasmus had to sit down on the elevator floor and have a serious tug of war to stop his board tail from being crushed against the elevator floor as he climbed to the third floor.

Upon arriving to the third floor, Rasmus' mum sprinted out of the elevator and grabbed a sharp knife from their hotel room. 

She printed back and cut the leash string while the doors were still open. With a quick cut, the board was released from the leash and the leash violently sprung towards the first floor.

Rasmus and his parents took the elevator back down to see if the leash was still outside the door, which it was...still in one piece. It stretched over three floors high but didnt snap!!! 

Rasmus now has a 25 foot long comp leash for his next session at Shipsterns, Mavericks or Waimea!  

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