traction pad

This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

Thin, porous, precut peel-and-stick rubber pad used on the deck of a surfboard for traction, as an alternative to surf wax; usually applied to just the board's tail area, below the rider's back foot. Commercially made nonwax alternatives date back to the mid-'60s. Slipcheck was introduced in 1966 by the Morey-Pope company in Ventura, California; a gritty, epoxy-based aerosol paint—available, as pr...

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