Has anybody made their own deck pad using 3mm eva yoga mat? Anybody know what the eva density for a sup pad is? And density of an eva yoga mat?
amart allsports have mats for $40, range of colours and patterns. Large enough to do. Couple of boards.
Yoga mats would be soft and spongy to use as deck grip. Also they have no adhesive a smooth surface and are very water absorbent more like a sponge. Why wouldn't you just use deck grip?
G'day Rager, thanks for reply.
Further research and I have discovered that he yoga mats hold water so that idea is out the door.
Applying adhesive is a fairly straightforward process. Apparently it is the adhesive backing which makes the commercial pads so ridiculously expensive for what they are.
Why? I like to make and fix my own stuff. My life would be much easier (and far less interesting)if I just bought stuff but I'm not wired that way.
Ps still keen to know what density a commercial pad is and am currently investigating clear spray on traction
Would be great for timber boards
Already been talked about
Will pop over to hobie murrarie for a chat
Boof, I made a deckpad for my windsurfer from a couple of eva pool mats. I basically set up a router with a jig & routered opposing diagonal grooves - worked a treat! As mentioned though, best to make sure that it won't hold water.
Just to add, after sup'ing with a waxed board vs a deckgrip - I'd nearly go wax (or monstergrip), there's also this product- www.newaxoz.com/
Hobie keep monster spray on the shelf. $30 a can. Appears to be amuch better option for a timber board. They let me spray some on my wifes bamboo knife block which I had in th car. Only the one coat but I can still see the timber figuring easily.
Will go searching for some online reviews.
Cork, been done! - I stole the idea off one of those greenies wood surfboard forums.
I used 5mm thick floor mats from Bunnings but they add a bit of weight feel a bit thick underfoot so I bought a roll of 1.5mm thick self adhesive to stick on but have not had a chance yet to stick it on.
But I must say Cork is the grippiest grip I have ever had.
So get a grip and use cork!
That looks great. Do you have a pic of the whole board?
I pimped up my sons bamboo longboard by cutting circles out of the grip tape. Looks good and I reckon cork spots on a board would look great
Did you seal the cork with anything?
Hey lacey, I like your ways- I enjoy making things often costing alot more but it is all part of the fun in making it.
No other pics, I didn't continue with that pattern as the gaps between the pieces felt a bit uncomfortable and was a bit thick under foot, that is why I order the thinner self adhesive cork.
You do not need to seal the cork as cork does not absorb much, look at champagne and old wine bottles.
A while back I had seen surfboard back grip made with cork and it looked great, I think it may have been on EBay.
Cork is a very cheap and effective alternative if not better than normal board grip, it last longer and a **** load grippier.
I would never spend $80+ on board grip again, it is a total rip off for what it is, they make that stuff for like a $1 a metre - someone is making a **** load.