How to Install Deck Pads on a Surfboard

by Philip Foster

While some riders prefer to apply a coat of wax to the surfboard prior to each ride, others opt for a specialized component known as a deck pad. Often referred to as a traction pad, a deck pad attaches to the tail of the surfboard. Unlike surfing wax, which can wash away after a few rides, a deck pad will adhere to your surfboard for an extended period of time. Ron Jon Surf Shop recommends centering your deck pad over the fins of your surfboard for increased control.

Items you will need

  • Flat worktable
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towel
Step 1

Lower the underside of your surfboard onto a flat worktable with the fins hanging off the edge. Align your deck pad over the fins of the surfboard to ensure proper placement. Trace around the outline of the deck pad with a pencil.

Step 2

Remove the deck pads to reveal a pencil outline. Rub a piece of sandpaper within the lines to smooth the surface of the surfboard deck. Spray glass cleaner around the newly sanded area.

Step 3

Wipe the area with a paper towel to displace the dust particles you've created through the sanding process.

Step 4

Remove the adhesive backing from your deck pad. Lower the deck pad slowly to ensure it corresponds with the pencil outline.

Step 5

Apply downward pressure with the palm of your hand to guarantee each section of the pad adheres to the deck.

Step 6

Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before taking your surfboard into the water.

About the Author

Philip Foster has been writing professionally since 2010. His work has been featured in the literary-arts magazine "The PEEL" and the weekly newspaper "The Mountain Xpress." Foster is an expert in various extreme sports. He cooked in a restaurant that offered organic and vegetarian cuisine for over three years. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University.