Thursday, June 25, 2015

Surfboard Traction Pads Versus Wax: Picking Between the Two

Many surfers go back and forth about whether or not they want to add surfboard traction pads to their boards, or use wax. Here's a quick rundown of each one's pros and cons, to help you choose which one to put on your board.

Traction Pads
Pros: There's a great diversity of traction pads for comfort, style, look, and utility, so it's easy to find a pad that works for your board. They are easy to apply to a board and stay on for however long they are needed. The best-made traction pads are made with densities and patterns that respond to the surfer's maneuvers. They are extremely comfortable, making surfing more adaptable for those with certain feet types (flat, high-arched, etc.).
Cons: Some surfers find the traction pads too padded, losing that "connection" between surfer and the board. In addition, the traction pad can absorb force, so it might make the board less responsive to pressure. And some traction pads can't withstand subzero freezing, meaning that they might be slick in freezing water temperatures.

Surfboard Wax
Pros: Wax tends to be stickier for bare feet or booties, which can help in slick waters. Wax also tends to fare better in subzero waters, remaining sticky even when cold and wet. In addition, wax is also more versatile, as it can come in different densities to match the waters' temperature. It also allows for more responsiveness.
Cons: It can be time-consuming to get old wax off and new wax on. Plus, on hot days, the wax melts off, leaving you to clean up the mess and reapply the wax. Also, wax lacks cushion, which can be less comfortable for users.
Overall, picking surfboard traction pads or wax depends on your comfort and personal preference. Both are used by beginners and surfing pros alike, all for different reasons and comfort levels. For more surfboard guides, contact us.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Choose A Surfboard Leash

For many surfers, surfboard leashes are a great tool to have on-hand when out of the waves. But with the great diversity in lengths and types for a leash, it might be hard to choose among them all. Here's a quick guide to choosing the right surfboard leash for your board.

1. Consider the length.
The simple rule for picking a surf leash is getting one at least the same length as your board. This allows for distance between you and your board when you fall off, so as it won't bump or injure you. Depending on your surfing level and wave conditions, you'll also want a leash a little bit longer than your board. For example, if you're new to surfing, get a leash a foot longer than your board; if you're surfing big waves, a longer leash is good to ensure your board doesn't hit you.

2. One swivel, or two?
Swivels keep your leash from tangling, which translate to better use, comfort, and safety. One swivel, usually at the end with the rail saver, will allow you to surf well without too much tangling, but two swivels will guarantee better results.

3. Choose thickness based on wave conditions.
Since leashes do add to drag when surfing, it's important to consider the thickness of your leash when you're surfing in different conditions. With smaller waves or during competitions, you'll get away with a thinner leash that won't cause as much drag. Thicker cords should be used when you're tackling large waves, as they won't snap off as easily. 

4. Pick a good quality.
Overall, the price you pay for a leash is a good indicator of how well the leash is made. There will be leashes that have special qualities, such as a pocket in the cuff to store a key, or a triple-wrap rail saver for added security. Picking a well-made leash with quality materials will give you a leash that lasts longer, especially with good care.

To get more advice for picking out your leash, contact us.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

3 Reasons to Get New Surfboard Leashes

A surfboard leash is sort of like a best friend you love to hate. While it keeps you connected to your board, it can also be uncomfortable to wear. So while some surfers see surfboard leashes as a drag (metaphorically and physically), there are some really good reasons for getting a surfboard leash. Here are just three to convince you to get a leash you'll love, rather than despise.

1. It helps you catch more waves. 
The leash's main job is to make sure your surfboard stays under you as you ride the waves. If you surf without a leash, you're more likely going to end up chasing your board to shore each time you make a mistake and fall off it. That means less time actually surfing, and an increased likelihood that you'll miss a good wave.

2. It can help you duck dive safely.
With some waves, especially big ones, it's important to duck dive to avoid injury. Having a leash allows you to keep the board with you, so you don't lose it during your duck dive. In addition, a leg rope can allow you to dive deeply, when you need to escape a big wave, but cannot duck dive safely or on time. The leash will then help lead you to your board.

3. It can save your life and others.
For one, having your board with you at all times can keep you afloat if you become injured or tired, and are far from your initial location. And while some surfers refuse to use a leash because it isn't "traditional," it helps others around them stay safe. A board that's abandoned by a surfer could easily hit another person, severely injuring them, or in some cases, killing the person. By attaching your board to your person with a reliable leash, you'll be saving others and yourself.

So surf with safety and fun in mind, and buy a surfboard leash that will get you where you need to go. For more surfing tips, contact us.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 Things to Look for When Buying a Surfboard Bag

Surfboards need protection. Even though they seem indestructible while you're riding waves, on dry land (especially when traveling), they are prone to damage just like anything made from fiberglass. 
For this reason, anyone with a surfboard needs a surfboard bag to keep their investment safe when they are on the go.

To help you out, here are four things to look for when you are buying a surfboard bag of your own.

1. Will it fit. Because when you think about it, not every surfboard is the same size. So when you are researching which bag works best for you, measure what you have, and then compare it to the bag you are looking at. You want snug and precise. Never settle for a bag that is an ill-fit. You'll quickly regret it.

2. Include your fins in the measurement, something that might seem obvious, but people sometimes forget when making a purchase. Plus, consider what type of fins you have and how they'll work with the bag. Different setups need different bags for proper protection.

3. Does the quality suit the money that you are shelling out for it? That is, how's the padding? Buying it online? Read reviews to get a sense of the material it's made of. Will the zipper stand up to abuse? A good quality zipper can make or break a surfboard bag. 

4. Do you prefer wheels or would you rather have a wheel-less version? Ask yourself how far you'll be toting it to the beach, and if you'll need assistance when doing so. Then consider how many of your friends are going to ask you to piggyback on your wheelie surfboard bag, and if you want to help them, and purchase based off of that. 

If you surf, you need a surfboard bag. It's really not an option if you want to protect your board. For more information on how we can help you, please don't hesitate to contact us any time.