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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby Noo Noo » Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am

Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning towards a deck pad at the moment. Mainly because it will protect the board a bit but it seems like a whole load less faff. The board I've got while it's a cheapy it's in pretty good nick so a bit of effort trying to keep it that way makes sense.

In addition I'll probably end up jumping between the surfboard and twin tip. So less faff sounds a lot easier. At my local when the tide's in you get a bit of rough sloppy surf and chop but when it drops we get some lovely flat water lagoons complete with sand bars that would rip the fins off a surf board if you're not careful. So surfboard when the tides up and twinny when it drops. I also have a couple of nice wave spots within reach if and when I get half decent on it.

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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby Noo Noo » Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am

Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning towards a deck pad at the moment. Mainly because it will protect the board a bit but it seems like a whole load less faff. The board I've got while it's a cheapy it's in pretty good nick so a bit of effort trying to keep it that way makes sense.

In addition I'll probably end up jumping between the surfboard and twin tip. So less faff sounds a lot easier. At my local when the tide's in you get a bit of rough sloppy surf and chop but when it drops we get some lovely flat water lagoons complete with sand bars that would rip the fins off a surf board if you're not careful. So surfboard when the tides up and twinny when it drops. I also have a couple of nice wave spots within reach if and when I get half decent on it.

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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby Hpr » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:05 am

Has anyone tried wearing booties, obviously in combination with a waxed board?

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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby zob » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:02 pm

I never ride barefoot. Always in booties. The profile helps a bit, when the wax is worn out a bit.
I've been using Billabong warm water wax for more than a year. (It doesn't have any smell :( )
I've never bothered with ugly old wax. I simply applied some in worn out areas every second session or so.
I switched to EVA foam pads (thin, light & soft).
The biggest drawback with wax for me are beat up heals (and other exposed bone areas). Imagine jumping barefoot on concrete one session! It feels similar. Riding several days in a row is a big pain.

But consider, I am talking about wood base UD, so no dents, the heel gets it all :evil:

I had a board with ''sand paper'' finish. Good grip but very abrasive, so barefoot will leave your feet bleeding. It will leave damage on your wetsuit (when carrying it, body dragging with board,...), bag, clothes,... It is in the neighborhood of 60-80 grit sandpaper.

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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby windyway » Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:16 pm

Straps- Most control in radical conditions and jumping.

Wax- Wears out quickly under foot and causes slips.
Wax is messy. But cheap and easy.
Perfect for surfers who spend only a few minutes on the board.
Often combined with a surfer kick pad in rear.
Have you noticed that SUPs all have pads?

Pad- Never slip. Clean. Permanent. No hassle.
Perfect for barefoot riding. Maybe overkill for booties.

The best performing of all pads is the waffle pattern from NSI.
I buy a 2 x 4 foot sheet and make my own full deck template.
Costs about $70 a board with shipping.

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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby OBX Kiter » Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:34 pm

Damn, what was I thinking? I've been riding a padded board, kite specific, took the straps off two years ago. Just got a new board surf/kite, no pads and thought I'd try wax, but now after reading all the comments I'm not so sure.

Anybody want to buy some sticky bumps :?:
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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby nikalaitzian » Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:40 pm

Pads for sure!!! :thumb:

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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby cleepa » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:30 pm

OBX Kiter wrote:Damn, what was I thinking? I've been riding a padded board, kite specific, took the straps off two years ago. Just got a new board surf/kite, no pads and thought I'd try wax, but now after reading all the comments I'm not so sure.

Anybody want to buy some sticky bumps :?:
Try the wax! You might like it. There are plenty of pros that do. If you don't like it, it's very easy to remove the wax and put pads on. I did that with a previous surfboard. I'm glad I did - now I know I don't want to have to use wax ever again!

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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby spoetnik » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:23 pm

I love the direct feeling of Wax, but hate to redo the waxing every hour or so.
So I tried Versatraction, and really like it!

Not as tacky as wax, but still gives enough traction for a good cutback.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7mmXsH9ciU[/youtube]

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Re: Wax or deck pad?

Postby OBX Kiter » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:25 pm

cleepa wrote:
OBX Kiter wrote:Damn, what was I thinking? I've been riding a padded board, kite specific, took the straps off two years ago. Just got a new board surf/kite, no pads and thought I'd try wax, but now after reading all the comments I'm not so sure.

Anybody want to buy some sticky bumps :?:
Try the wax! You might like it. There are plenty of pros that do. If you don't like it, it's very easy to remove the wax and put pads on. I did that with a previous surfboard. I'm glad I did - now I know I don't want to have to use wax ever again!
I will, thanks! :thumb:


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