Thursday, March 30, 2017

Give Your Back Foot a Home- Traction Pads For Every Surfer

Traction. If you haven't given much thought to that component of surfing, now is the time! It's important to feel stable, secure, and in a place of authority over your board whether you are a beginner or a pro. What can give you that and greatly increase the usability and versatility of your surfboard? Traction pads!

Why Traction Pads?
Control comes from knowing where your feet are on the board and keeping them there. Traction pads are designed to do just that! Sometimes called deck grips or tailpads, and manufactured by several different companies, these pieces of technology all have the same goal in mind: to help you get the most out of your surf.

Instead of waxing your board, these pads adhere to the tail and give your back foot a reoccurring place to rest. They are made out of materials that are slip and water resistant, ensuring your foot can stay in place to give you better balance and the best performance out of your equipment.

Many surfers comment that their traction pads are the reason they can duck dive. Being able to dive under a wave that is coming toward you while paddling out to the lineup is essential. With a traction pad, your back foot can keep the board stable and weighted as you submerge below the water. More successful duck dives mean less times of being washed back to shore and more times you'll get to actually surf.

Choices, Choices!
Several companies design and create traction pads. They are easy to install, which means you can do it yourself! Dakine Superlite Traction Pad is a great choice. It is a 3 piece construction made from Dakine Posi Traction and EVA foam which give you an awesome grip and 100% memory retention in water. This pad has a 10mm center arch and a 25 mm steep rolled kick tail to help keep your foot securely in place. It adheres with 3M Pressure Sensitive Adhesive.

Quiksilver Suit Traction Pad comes in an irony grey with a diamond profile grip. Made also with a 3 piece construction, this pad has a lower arch bar at 7mm but boasts a bit higher tail kick at 30mm. 
The styles, colors, and brands are personal preference but all supply what you need as a surfer: keeping your feet right where you want them.

For more information on which traction pad is the best fit for you and your board or for deals on equipment, apparel, boards, accessories or footwear, contact us and we would love to help you find just what you need!

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