Find out all about the Grippad for your surfboard
What are the advantages of a footpad when Surfing?
A flu pad is an essential part of surfing and should not be missing from surfing accessories. Here are the reasons:
- The Tractionpad gives you a better grip on the back foot
- The Footpad allows more radical turns
- The Grippad gives you a great grip in steep waves
- The Tailpad provides a reference point for better placement of the rear foot
What material are Grippads made of?
Traction pads are made of EVA foam. To make sure the footpad holds perfectly on your surfboard, quality tailpads are made with the high quality M3 adhesive. Environmentally friendly surf pads are made from recycled EVA. The most environmentally friendly and sustainable version of surf pads are cork grip pads. Here only the M3 adhesive is not recyclable.
Which Grippad for which surfboard?
For shortboards you should look for a traction pad with a steep kicker. This gives you more control in steep waves. It is also important that the footpad has a wide footprint so that you have full control while surfing. For a hybrid shape, the same Grippads are suitable.
For a fishboard there are now also great tailpads. The footpads on these models have a flat kicker. The shape fits exactly to the swallowtail of a fishboard and is mostly made of two parts.
For longboards there are also footpads that have a flat kicker. Footpads are rarely used here.
For longboards, minimalibu or retrofish boards pads are only optional, because this kind of surfboards do not require as much pressure on the back foot as shortboards and hybrid boards.
Is a front pad useful for a surfboard?
These Grippads are intended to replace the surf wax and are often used for river surfing. In my opinion they are not really suitable for more, as they are very annoying when paddling.
What shapes and types of traction pads are there?
The classic tailpads are the one-piece traction pads. These surf pads are very stable and hold perfectly on your surfboard. A two-piece traction pad is mostly used for fishboards. A three-part surfboard pad can be fanned / wider on the surfboard and is therefore very suitable for surfboards with a wide tail, as is the case with funboards, small wave surfboards and hybrid boards. The five-piece Grippads extend the grip of the pad in length. Front pads are often two-piece and are attached to a surfboard where the front foot should be on your surfboard.
Grippad - What brands can you buy in our surf shop?
We offer footpads from Ocean & Earth, Bugz, Surfganic, Roam, Koalition and EcoPro.
Do you need advice on buying a traction pad?
Still have questions about Grippad for your surfboard? Do you need advice on the Tractionpad? Contact us by email, phone or Whatsapp and take advantage of our professional footpad support.