Deciding Whether You Need a Paddle Board Traction Pad
The short answer to whether or not you must have a stand up paddleboard traction pad is no. But, there are numerous cases where they are extremely beneficial and there’s no reason not to use one. In fact, unlike a surfboard traction pad, most SUPs come with them already built-in. That means no traction pad installation for most SUPs.
SUPs with a good traction pad will use material specifically designed to enhance the rider’s comfort and grip on the board. Premium EVA is what you’re looking for because it provides superior anti-slip traction and comfort. The added grip from the traction pad helps prevent slipping and sliding on the surface of the SUP. And, the extra padding under your feet helps to make the overall experience that much better. Not only for long trips, but everything in between. Remember you probably won’t stand the whole time.