Full deck traction pad?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by mushdoc, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Just curious about the pro/con of a full deck pad. Seems like a good idea to protect the board from pressure dings.and no need to wax. What about performance? I never see a short board with deck pads and I figured it must affect the board...extra weight?
  2. MFitz73

    MFitz73 Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    one's chest and stomach might not think its such a great idea... I doubt I would go for it.

  3. superbust

    superbust Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2008
    say goodbye to your nipples
  4. csburg

    csburg Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    I have a couple of boards with full deck traction that I use to kite surf. On occasion, I have surfed them and in the winter, in a fullsuit its fine. In the summer it will kill your chest, stomach and thighs. Even with a shirt on, the rash will get gnarly.

    I think Julian Wilson may occasionally use a front foot traction pad. But I'm pretty sure you don't see it more often b/c of the rash that would ensue.
  5. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    I just don't think it's necessary. It really is not a weight issue. A freshening up with good, sticky wax is all you really need if you change your wax with the seasons.
  6. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    I'm not certain of this, but I seem to recall hearing that Roy Stuart is experimenting with this concept. Only on his boards that sell for $250k, though; not the $500k sticks.
  7. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Ah...did not even think about board rash. I guess if you only surf cold water(wetsuit) it would be ok.
  8. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Let's not forget inner thigh rash. it's murder on a long walk back. More than once, I've taken the trunks off walking back around Fort Story to 80th.
  9. GreenFlash35

    GreenFlash35 Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Living on a sailboat with a waxed board isn't easy, and i can't ride a popout. So i have a full deck. i always use rashguard shirt and shorts. It's no worse than a waxed board with no shirt. The only reason for no wax is the boat. Do any other sailing surfers particularly in the tropics have other ideas?
  10. darippah

    darippah Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2008
    As a kitesurfer, I'm curious to know which boards you find work well for you for both surfing and kitesurfing - preferably good for light wind
  11. GreenFlash35

    GreenFlash35 Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    i don't Kitesurf, looks fun. we sail an Ericson 35 II. with a 6.0 Lost Sub Driver and a 6.8 Ricky Carroll quad egg thing.
  12. elementdtlop

    elementdtlop Active Member

    May 6, 2012
    just get a board sock to keep the wax off the boat
  13. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    There is a way to rough up the gloss with sandpaper that is surprisingly grippy. Not sure of the grit and you would need to be sure not to cut through to the hot coat but I have read that it is just as positive as wax. There was a product years ago in spray can that was great and it didnt rip you up even as much as wax would. Unfortunately its not made anymore. They do still sell peel and stick transparent traction that wont tear you up either, but it's expensive.
  14. tastybarrels9

    tastybarrels9 Member

    May 14, 2012
    Xm surf more has a good clear grip sticker I put on all my boards and have used for at least 8 years. I wax on top of it. With anything like that you gotta trim it so that it doesn't touch your thighs though
  15. ecoastprock

    ecoastprock Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Coil industries or LibTech's are the best I have personally used for strapless kiting and surfing. I liked the Coil over the Lib.
  16. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Shoot I lose half a nipple to sex wax every season. Say good bye to your d*ck head.
  17. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    You're going to look like a Ken doll after using full deck traction, no nipples and no manhood. It's going to tear off your wobbly bits and wedding tackle bruh!
  18. RIsurfer

    RIsurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    Only for SUPs guys.
  19. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Being married, mine's safely packed in my wife's purse for my protection.