Item code: 342558
- Number of pieces: Three
- Length: 305mm
- Width: 298mm
- Arch: 7mm
- Kick: 25mm
- Groove: Diamond, with horizontal vents along the arch
- Construction: "CC55" closed-cell EVA, plus 4A high-grade adhesive backing
A decent tailpad is an essential accessory for any new shortboard, providing not just traction but also a marker and guide for your rear foot. This stylish three-piece grip by Ocean & Earth has everything you need. The brand’s closed-cell EVA is light, water-resistant and super grippy, the diamond-shape grooves combining with the arch and kick to keep your back foot right where you want it. It’s also nice and thin, giving you a greater sense of connectedness underfoot.
The 7mm arch and 25mm kick are pretty regulation for a shortboard tail pad, the former fitting nicely into the contours of your back foot, the latter giving you something to push against and preventing your foot from slipping off the back of the tail. Three-piece grips are probably the most popular style of tail pad these days, and mean the individual pieces can be slightly spaced out if desired, enlarging the overall area of traction.