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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
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    Maule, Chile
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    Does the traction pad create drag?

    I recently installed a traction pad on a new (round pin tail) board and was wondering if the extra drag produced by it could be noticeable, given that something as small as a difference in the fins height is supposed to have an effect on your paddling/surfing speed.

    While paddling it is under water and while its on rail it still seems to come in contact with enough water to slow you down, does anyone have some "empirical" evidence for this or has felt it slowing the board down?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
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    Well I think it helps if you don't put it under your board
    It's a war of the mind and we're armed to the teeth.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Cruzing
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    10,490
    No.

    You are over thinking it. You will likely not notice any difference in drag from fin height either. Maybe a pro would.

    I surf with rear traction pads on most of my boards. They might slow me down, but if you are having issues, work on your paddling and surfing.

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