I'm just wondering what people do to exit a wave when the wave eventually closes out. I try to get over the back of the wave before the last section breaks but failing that, what is the best technique. I surf a longboard mostly and in nice sized surf the board can pull quite hard on the leash if I just dive off into the whitewater. I don't want to strain the leash too much because I don't fancy swimming in if the leash breaks.
What's the most elegant way of getting off the wave if there's no real exit point?