I'm from Trinidad and Tobago. Lucky for me, we don't have to worry about cold weather or too many predators (like great whites, etc.) and the sea is just beautiful. However, like anywhere else, some huge waves can just roll up onto you from nowhere. Though I've been kayaking close to shore off and on for a couple of years (more off than on), I finally bought my on kayak and have decided that I need to spend more time on the water where I love it and let the rest of life take care of itself for a bit.
Anyway, the question is as I venture further and further away from shore I become more apprehensive about being separated from my kayak. I have taken all the precautions and training, but I was wondering if it was wise to "leash" myself to my kayak, much in the same way surfers do to their surf board. I know there is always the difficulty of entanglement and your kayak taking you where you might not want to go. But I was thinking about a bungee /shock cord get up with carabiners on both ends for quick release. Is this a good idea? If so, should I leash the kayak to my waist or my wrist? Any ideas or sugggestions?