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These 5 Front Pads Will Open Your Eyes (And Stick To Your Feet)

Up the front traction doesn’t have to be all business, no pleasure. 

hardware // Nov 20, 2017
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

It isn’t unreasonable to say that one’s surfing ability must to be relatively high or at the very least consistent, to apply a front pad. Think about it, Chippa Wilson, Mitch Coleborn, Noa Deane, Creed McTaggart, Brendon Gibbens, Dion Agius, Dane Reynolds, all guys that on occasion, don some sweet cushion at the top. And, they all fucking rip.

If you aren’t handy with your weapon, we can’t recommend the fancy or flashy front pad. Frankly, it looks depressing. Nevertheless, front-trac doesn’t have to be all business. We’ve calculated a list you’re sure to enjoy. 

Five pads and where to buy them, for those critically inclined.

 

CI

Channel Islands – Four Piece Front Pad

Consider this low laying 4-piece, ideal for the new-school air enthusiast.

Rage

RAGE – Noa Deane Front Deck

This purple stray comes in a five piece set up, sits atop your deck at 3mm of flatline traction.

Creat

Creature Of Leisure – Front Deck II

An old classic with modern flair, this square loc front pad is held to deck by the stickiest adhesive out, 3M. 

Oct

Octopus Is Real – Corduroy Front Grip

3mm thick corduroy grip, thin traction for any hack enthusiast.

OAM

JAM TRACTION – Three Piece Front Pad

Jam’s three piece black pad is recommended for sticks with a little more volume.

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