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Surfboard Traction Pads: "Pro Tips for Your Surfboard Traction Pad"

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 5/7/2018

Surfboard Traction Pads: "Pro Tips for Your Surfboard Traction Pad"

Have you ever watched a REALLY good surfer or better yet a professional surfer and wonder, "How the hell did he stay on his board? Simple. His Surfboard Traction Pad. That said, surfers like that may know a few things you don't and they may be doing a few things  you're not. In this article we're going to explore some ideas when it comes to you, your surfing and your Surfboard Traction Pad.

Surf Wax and Your Surf Traction Pad.

Of course, when we're talking about staying put while you're surfing you need to wax your board. Everyone has different methods and that's not the point of this article, but there is a take away here. Have you ever thought about waxing your Traction Pad?... Interesting concept right? I saw a guy once at Sebastian Inlet here in F.L. and he was absolutely ripping. After the session a friend and I found ourselves talking to him about a few of his insane hacks, we told him we couldn't believe his back foot stayed on. He looked at us with a smirk, "you wanna know a secret?" After a pause he said, "I wax my Traction Pad." Sure enough, we looked down to find an older worn Surfboard Traction Pad covered in surf wax sitting at the tail end of his surfboard.

Surf Traction and the Space Between

When you look though the insane number of Surfboard Traction Pads that we carry here at The Surfboard Warehouse you'll notice that a lot of Surf Traction now have holes in them for grip. That said what you may not consider is adding a little space between the pieces of your Surfboard Traction Pad, should you choose a multi-piece Pad. You'll find that this will really give you the ability to keep that back foot on your surfboard, while also letting you know exactly where your foot is on your board. Take a three piece Surfboard Traction Pad for Example. When you put it on, leave the tail kick pushed tightly together, while allowing the thee pieces of the Traction Pad to separate slightly coming up your the tail of your board. What you'll find is that you now have two nice "grooves" that let you know where you back foot is positioned on your surfboard. These grooves also allow you a bit more hold when you do a snap or turn.

Applying Your New Surfboard Traction Pad

This is an interesting Pro Tip that doesn't get enough credit, you want to make sure you Surfboard Traction pad stays on your surfboard, right?!? Well, it's all about how you apply it to your board. First, you want an extremely clean surfboard, consider buying some wax remover to help in your quest for an ever lasting Surfboard Traction Pad. Once your board is clean, IF you're planning on always having a Traction Pad on the tail of your board, you may want to take very fine sandpaper to the area that will be under your Surfboard Traction Pad. Last, and I CAN NOT stress this enough, make sure you give your new Pad AT LEAST 24 hours to cure to your surfboard. You may even want to leave a heavy book on your Surfboard Traction Pad over night to apply some consistent pressure while the Surf Traction Pad adheres to your board.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care and we want you to get the right Surfboard Traction Pad for your needs. You're a surfer, we're an ACTUAL surf shop that understands The Surfboard Traction Pads we sell and we want you to get the most out of your new Pad. If you have ANY questions about a Surfboard Traction Pad or best practices when it comes to staying put on your surfboard. Call us, we're here and we'll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Contact Info:
The Surfboard Warehouse, Inc.
813.436.0484
Service@TheSurfboardWarehouse.com
Also available during regular business hours VIA our Live Chat.

Surfboard Traction Pads: "How in the World to I Decide on a Traction Pad?"

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 2/10/2017

Surfboard Traction Pads: "How in the World to I Decide on a Surfboard Traction Pad?"

Choosing a Surfboard Traction Pad is no small feat, especially here at The Surfboard Warehouse where we literally have hundreds of pads to chose from and pride ourselves on having the largest selection of Surfboard Traction Pads in the world. (Need proof? Scroll down.) That said, how in the world do you decide on a traction pad? I guess the first question would be, "Do I even need a Surfboard Traction Pad on my board?" The answer is, YES. Surfboard Traction Pads have single-handedly pushed the sport of surfing to previously unheard of level of progression. Sure, maybe you'll never land a Rodeo Flip, but do you want to smash the lip harder? Do you want distribute your weight better and get deeper in the barrel? A Surfboard Traction Pad is the answer, so how do you decide on one?

Consideration for Your Surfboard Traction Pad.

At the base level Surfboard Traction Pads generally have a few things to take into consideration. How many pieces do you want your pad to be? Some surfers like more pieces so they can spread the pad out over the tale to maximize space covered and add a few grooves for extra grip. Other surfers would argue that a multi-piece traction pad will pull up easier. (If you get a quality Surfboard Traction Pad and put it on correctly, you shouldn't have an issue with it pealing off your board, still this is one school of thought worth mentioning.) Also worth mentioning, some surfers actually wax their Surfboard Traction Pad, something to consider and something you can try easily enough.

Surfboard Traction, to Arch or Not to Arch

Next, do you like an arch bar and if so how tall do you want it? I find one EXTREMELY helpful, but realize that with a Surfboard Traction Pad the arch bar height is a personal preference, mostly dependent on the arch of your foot. Think of your Surfboard Traction Pad like a shoe, you want a snug fit. If you have a high arch go with a taller arch bar, if you're more flat footed go with a small arch or no arch at all. This may sound like something that inconsequential, but take my word for it, if you lock the arch of your foot on that arch bar when smashing the lip you'll be surprised at the amount of extra spray thrown and once you have the mechanics down, you'll land it.

Should your Surfboard Traction Pad have a Tail Kick?

Something else to consider is the tail kick on your new Surfboard Traction Pad. Not only does the tail kick help to lock in that back foot and keep if from slipping off the back of the board, having a tail kick will help with your duck dives. No Joke. When you duck dive, you want to maximize your depth under that 8 ft. face or risk the punishment. The best way to do that is leverage and wouldn't you know that having your toes dug into that tail kick at the back of the board will maximize your leverage and when duck diving properly, get you that much deeper under the incoming set. Also, in the air game a tail kick is a must on any Surfboard Traction Pad. Launching an air is much like an Ollie on a skateboard and you need that tail kick to help maximize your air potential.

Getting "Groovy" with Surf Traction.

Believe it or not there are a few more, less important things to consider. What type of "groove pattern" do you like the best? The only way to know is try a few different Surfboard Traction Pads. Some pads now have a "Scoop Kick" which I personally love. Also, size is key, do some measurements of the tail on your board. Depending on the rails I know some guys that go half an inch off the rail on either side with their Surfboard Traction Pad, but generally an inch to an inch and a half off the rail is preferred, that's why we try to list the measurements of every pad we sell. If you have a fish, longboard or SUP make sure you're getting a Surfboard Traction Pad specific to that type of surfboard.

Surfboard Traction Pad Removal and Replacement.

One last note. A Surfboard Traction Pad can easily be taken off with a hair dryer. Run one over the pad on your board to loosen the adhesive and you can then easily peel it off. Thus making is very easy to try a few different Surfboard Traction Pads on a single board. This is a very cost effective way to take your surfing to the next level. Being more comfortable on your board combined with any fraction of added grip, will help you land maneuvers you may have been attempting for years. Also, it's a good idea to try different Surfboard Traction Pads on different boards as you may find that it's not a "one size fits all" situation.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care and we want you to get the right Surfboard Traction Pad for your needs. You're a surfer, we're an ACTUAL surf shop that understands The Surfboard Traction Pads we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you'll see the largest selection of Surfboard Traction Pads in the world, made by reputable manufactures, at great prices. Not sure which Surfboard Traction Pad you need? Call us, we're here and we'll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Surfboard Traction Pads From: Creatures, Destination, Famous, FCS, Kinetik Racing, Komunity Project, OAM, Slater Designs, Stay Covered, Dakine, Gorilla, Prolite, Ocean & Earth, Sticky Bumps

Contact Info:
The Surfboard Warehouse, Inc.
813.436.0484
Service@TheSurfboardWarehouse.com
Also available during regular business hours VIA our Live Chat.
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