View Full Version : Best SP traction pad options?
06-21-2012, 02:02 PM
Just got a 5,6 fst potato, now trying to sort out which pads work the best with the potato's round tail and don't look too bad either. Does anyone have a pad they really love for the spud? Post pics!
06-21-2012, 02:33 PM
I'm currently debating between the no pad option, or just putting a white tail kick on so I know my foot is in the spot.
The CI Dane pad seems to work pretty well too.
06-21-2012, 02:35 PM
The guy I bought it from put a longboard tailpad on it. I also added a tail bumper as a smaller SP I had had one and I thought it was a good idea.
06-21-2012, 02:43 PM
Sean Mattison wide-tail pad. The website says they are sold out, but a new shipment came in last week. Call him. These are the BEST pads for the SP and BP.
06-21-2012, 07:31 PM
i put a dakine fish pad on.. plenty wide
06-22-2012, 01:24 AM
i put a dakine fish pad on.. plenty wide
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06-23-2012, 07:11 AM
This works... XTRAK Flying Fish Surfboard Traction Pad, online from Snapspeed.com.
06-23-2012, 07:14 AM
This is what I"m thinking
Never though about it but I have to put this one on my list!
That's what I have on mine
06-25-2012, 09:04 AM
06-25-2012, 09:25 AM
Should have my Sweet P this week. I better make a decision on what, if any, tail pad.
06-25-2012, 09:32 AM
i say go with a tail pad. lots of ways, i have always just used a standard 2 or 3 piece and spaced it out.
We use longboard pads and cut them to fit the tails of our demoes...
06-25-2012, 09:42 AM
Yeah, my main reason for getting one in just to stop me jamming my knee in the deck to duck dive the thing, also to know my foot is in the spot. I've got a pad here but I was thinking of saving it for the Minnie Driver.
I'll probably stick something on there. Wish I had the spud now... web cam looks like thigh to waist high peelers with an offshore wind, no one in. I'd be loving that!
06-26-2012, 09:01 AM
ha yeahhh that's potatoland.
06-26-2012, 09:08 AM
I went down in the end last night. It was infact waist to chest, pretty weak and not quite enough to get my Spitfire going apart from the odd gem that came through every 20 minutes or so, even without a leash... Would have been muchos fun on the Potato. Instead I spent most of the session watching the longboarders catching waves! Redemption will come soon!
06-26-2012, 09:15 AM
the end is upon us
06-28-2012, 06:19 PM
went with an FCS. turned out pretty nice!
06-29-2012, 05:44 AM
06-30-2012, 09:39 AM
You are going to love the SP! Just remember it's really fast when you first step on the tail so hold on ;-)
06-30-2012, 10:16 AM
Haha yeah, always fun. I demo'd one in clean waist to chest peeler and had a blast but haven't had mine out in anything favourable yet so been struggling a bit. Still fun, but looking forward to a day of good conditions.
Running the DL fronts with K2.1 rears. Haven't had anything to really feel the board out yet but fins feel like they give enough drive but still release well. Will update as I get more time on it.
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07-01-2012, 12:50 AM
I think I am starting to get itchy feet but PR..tell us about surfing in the UK? Did you see this gem http://vimeo.com/14074949 Its got me wanting to head to Ireland to get a few !!
07-01-2012, 04:24 AM
Yeah that's a good little video. Mickey Smith is from near by but spends most of his time in Ireland now or on photo trips to other places. Certainly put his time in in heavy situations to get where he is today. Good chap.
The UK is overall very fickle. Even when the swell is there we usually get a ton of wind in behind it, our tide range is pretty large, biggest tides range from -0.2m lows up to 7.8m highs, but often in the 0.1m - 6.6m range. So even if the waves are on the fast moving tide uncovers the banks and fills in too much pretty quick. There's a few good reef set ups around but they are even more fickle than the beaches and if they are on it's usually hard to get a wave because all the local pro's are in it trying to get a few mag shots.
Ireland looks great for potential. I've never been, but I hear Autumn time can be amazing, before things get too cold! Lots of good point and reef set ups, and not too many surfers. That said I expect it's getting busier every year because Ireland is being heavily publicised these days. Scotland looks interesting too if you can face the cold.
Personally if I'm going on a surf trip it has to be at least somewhere warmer than home. 3/2mm or shorts!
Also, so far this year I don't think the North Atlantic is playing ball. We've had strong onshores almost constantly and I can't remember the last swell we had where the period was over 10 seconds.
I'm thinking about a trip to Senegal!
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