Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tips For Applying Surfboard Traction Pads

Sticking to your board is the ultimate challenge in surfing, especially as you ride bigger and powerful waves. Sometimes, the surfboard wax doesn't provide enough support. That's why surfers turn to surfboard traction pads, which provide comfort and improved grip. As long as you apply it right, your traction pad can become a great asset. Here are some tips for making sure your pad is on correctly.

1. Start with a clean slate. Before you apply a traction pad to your surfboard, make sure that the tail is completely clean. Even if your board is new, it's a good idea to wipe it down with a dry towel to remove any fiberglass dust. On older boards, scraping off all the old wax first, then cleaning it off dry, will make sure that the surface is completely ready for the pad's application.

2. Make sure you know where to place it. Before you place your traction pad permanently, it's important to know how you like to stand on your board. Try to make a mental note of where you naturally stand so you can place the pad in the right area.

3. Trace your pad in the desired place before setting it. Before you peel off the back paper protecting the adhesive, trace the pad's outline onto your board with a pencil. Tracing will make it easier for you to glue the pad.
By following these tips, you can position your new traction pad perfectly. To look at different types of pads and styles, contact us.

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