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Ok, so I have put Versatraction on the deck of BP technograin. First tried it wearing boardies, no top. When you're paddling & sitting on your board, you tend to slide around a bit, doesn't grip like wax does. But when your up & surfing, your feet do grip somewhat but different to wax grip.
Second time I used it, I had a wetty on & put a little bit of wax on the versatraction & it felt much better grip wise, I wasn't slipping & sliding around like before. Maybe that's the key, a light layer on the versatraction that gets into the grooves of the grip & it's good to go. If you want to maintain the aesthetic look of the board, then versatraction isn't too bad an option.
prjwebb - I placed the traction pad right up against the leash plug and found my self slpwing down a little tp much when my foot would engage the kicker portion of the traction pad.
I want to ride the board without the pad (something should have done in the beginning) to figure out my foot position.
I am anxious about this because even though the TG construction is structually stronger, I have found the surface to be soft and susceptible to having small pieces of wood lift off if you are not careful. So, I want to be cautious about removing the pad.
Do simple: you cut the back of the pad gently to the cutter so as to have a flat surface, and voila! You can put your foot where you want without having to take off the pad.
In the opposite case, if your pad is too far back, you added just before a small strip that you cut into a bath mat shower the same color as your pad. it works very well, it is simple, safe and cheap (but it will probably be a little ugly on your BP TG ...)