Ultimate Guide to Surfboard Tailpads
The tailpad on a surfboard is important for two reasons; experienced surfers get far better foot traction and those surfers with less experience have a great way to get the back foot into the right place while surfing. This is crucial to turning. This Ultimate Guide to Surfboard Tailpads will teach you more and give you information to do further research on.
When you are looking at various tails, a rule to remember is to go by is the more angular shapes give you much more sharp and pivotal turns. Each tail types impacts various levels of agility and speed when turning. A tail that is shaped rounder will give you smoother and rounder turn. The shapes of tails affect the release and hold on the wave surface. Think about the flows of water off the back of the board. Water is sticky and will follow the lines of the board. Curves hold the water flow where corners allow water to break away. A rounder or pin tail will hold the water much longer making it stable in bigger surfs. An angular or square tail releases water making it looser, and snappy.
Just like its comparable nose, the round tail is found on foam surfboards, Mini Mals longboards as well as hybrids and funboards. It performs well in a variety of conditions. This makes it perfect for beginner surfboards that gets used no matter the conditions.
Swallow tails and fish tail
Next are two types of tails that in many cases get mixed up with each other, the fish and the swallow tail. Many believe the mix up came from fish surfboards having swallow tails and because of this some people started calling swallow tails fish tails. But in truth, there is only one name for this tail shape, and it is the swallow tail.
Swallow tails are great for conditions that are smaller, mushier and is why fish surfboards are becoming so popular on the off days.