SURFBOARD Traction Pads
THE PURPOSE OF A SURFBOARD TRACTION PADS
- Give your rear foot a bit more grip on the board.
- Give experienced surfers substantial back foot traction
- Give less experienced surfers a great way to get your back foot in the right place.
- Allow you to pull faster, harder manoeuvres without the worry of your back foot slipping on the wax.
FOUR main factors for choosing a new surf leash:
1. FOAM BASE
- Allow your foot to hold even more control for bigger snaps or even impressive aerial manoeuvres.
2. CENTRAL ARCH
- Give you a comfortable and ergonomically great feel under foot.
- Raised lip at the back of the deck grip.
- Gives you a greater surface area to push off on radical and vertical manouvres.
4. TAIL GRIP
- Different tail grips come in different sections.
- Some come as a whole piece and others can be separated out into two or three sections for an application
APPLYING THE SURFBOARD TRACTION PAD
Few step to apply the surfboard traction pad to surfboard.
1. CLEAN THE TAIL OF THE SURFBOARD
- Make sure there is NO wax on your board.
- Ensure there is no fiberglass dust from the manufacturer.
Remove surfboard traction pad
- MUST remove the pad, do it very, very slowly and carefully.
Remove wax on the board
- Leave the board in the sun for a few minutes to soften the wax.
- Scrape away the wax from the area with a wax comb or other soft plastic edge.
- Finish with a wax remover.
- Take a hairblower on a LOW setting and blow the wax until it is soft enough to remove.
- Make sure to wipe away all the wax remover and bits of wax.
2. PLACE THE TRACTION PAD DOWN ON THE BOARD IN THE DESIRED LOCATION
- Remove the traction pad from the wrapping but do not remove the backside cover.
- Using the stringer as a center reference point,
- set the pad down on your ideal board placement point, with the backside glue still concealed.
- Most surfers either place their pad directly in front of the leash plug or line it up with the front, center or back of the rear fin.
- This is a matter of personal preference and where you anticipate your back foot will be living on your tail.
3. MARK OFF THE POSITION
- Lightly trace the outline of the pad with a pencil.
- Use the stringer to make sure got the pad centered.
4. SAND THE AREA WHERE THE PAD IS GOING TO BE PLACED (OPTIONAL).
5. PEEL OFF THE ADHESIVE PAPER ON THE PAD
- DO NOT let the glue stick to anything.
- Take the entire pad and carefully place it onto the area marked with your pencil.
- Press down firmly for about 20-30 seconds to bond the adhesive.
- Carefully peel away the plastic packaging.
- Recommend to wait at least 12 hours.