Traction Pad Use

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by SeniorGrom, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. SeniorGrom

    SeniorGrom Well-Known Member

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    I just thought about this topic. Are these tailpad devices only functional on boards with a thruster set up where rear foot placement is critical? Do Jamboarders use them?
     
  2. CosmicSlop

    CosmicSlop Active Member

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    In the rack at Hansen, Mitsven Eagle with three traction pads. IMG_20180620_131721298.jpg
     
  3. cheyneskeezer

    cheyneskeezer Well-Known Member

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    Saw that recently walked up from behind and grinned walked around to the front and went ohhhh my
     
  4. Clomics

    Clomics Active Member

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    I've only used them on thrusters. And I'd say I mostly use it to know exactly where my foot is on the back of the board, tho the little ramp at the back helps with leverage at times.
     
  5. Gill

    Gill Active Member

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    Never tried it on anything but a smaller thruster... if the board is over like 6'8 to 7, I would go without... but just my personal option
     
  6. nedsurf

    nedsurf Well-Known Member

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    Traction helps
     

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    m8r Active Member

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  8. pintail

    pintail Active Member

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    Traction pads up to 7' makes sense. They're a good indicator for rear foot position, but also on the sweet spot for getting drive out of the fins. I've had my rear foot slip off a board when trying to get some speed for the next section, so have pads on all my shorter boards.
     

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