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How to install a surfboard traction pad

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Traction pads are a key part of the surfers’ quiver. Installing a new surfboard grip requires attention to details, so that you don’t blow your investment.

Surfboard traction pads can only be applied once. If your surf deck comes with a quality stick – traditionally 3M self-adhesive – it will stay in your board forever. You do not want it to peel off in the first surf session.

When you’ve finally decided to install a brand new traction pad, make sure to follow a few cautious steps. First of all, let’s forget a couple of myths: you don’t need to sand the board before applying the pad, and you don’t need to wait 24 hours before you get to the waves.

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