Starting with Van der Waal

Please note that as a thinner and lighter material, all hexagons must be properly placed and pressed in order to get stick to the board for a long time.

Give some time in order for you and van der waal to get used to each other. Because, the same way you need to allow your feet to get familiar with the new material, you also have to give van der waal time. So be patient, mainly on the first dates, van der waal needs some time to absorb water to acquire its rubbery texture for better traction (usually after the first 20 minutes on the water).

In case of a surf trip (lucky you) please be aware that airplanes cargo hold suffer a lot from different temperatures and that may change van der waal properties temporary. We advice to give a warm shower once you arrive to your surf destination and back home.

And of course, it’s important for you to know how to preserve van der waal properties:
Although gives much less work than the wax, in order to keep the van der wall superior grip, consider clean your board with fresh water from time to time, to clear the salt that can accumulate in the gaps

Have fun! Remember phill edwards: ‘the best surfer out there is the one having the most fun’

How to apply, remove & maintain our surf traction pads

Van der Waal surf grips are extremely easy to apply. Unlike common front deck pads that just cover a part of your surfboard, our hexagonal surf traction pads allow you to place it accordingly to your surf style and preferences. At the end of this article, you will find some useful links that can guide you.

  • Keep it clean

    Consider clean your board with fresh water from time to time, to clear the salt that can accumulate in the gaps.

  • Surf trips

    After a flight we trully advise you to also give Van der Waal a warm shower, because of airplane cargo hold lower temperatures.

  • Flat days

    If there is no surf for a long time (unlucky you) give a warm shower before surfing or be a little more patience in the water

Contact us

If you have any questions or feedback, just contact us and we will be happy to help you.

And thank you again, it's wonderfull to imagine that you could be ridding your dream wave with Van der Waal under your feet.

Stay salty!