Surfboard Traction Showdown: RSPro Cork Grips vs. Decathlon’s EVA Pad

The devil is in the details, so I encourage you to read everything but if you want a quick summary, here you have it in the form of a comparison table: 

Quick Comparison:

Feature RSPro Cork Grip Decathlon EVA Pad
Price Starting at 47 EUR 29.99 EUR
Packaging Recycled Carton Plastic
Production Barcelona-made China-made
Style & Texture Natural, Elegant Standard Foam
Sustainability High Poor
Surf Experience Wax-like Feel Locked-in Grip


Hey there, wave enthusiasts! As a surfer who's seen many shores and ridden countless waves, I'm stoked to share some insider scoop on two popular surfboard traction pads: RSPro's Cork Grips and Decathlon’s Best Seller EVA Pad. Let's dive into what makes each of these pads unique and which might be the best fit for your surf style.

Cost-Effectiveness vs. Quality: On the price front, Decathlon offers a great deal at 29.99 EUR, perfect for those keeping an eye on their budget. But remember, sometimes you get what you pay for. RSPro’s Cork Grips, while a bit pricier at 47 EUR, bring more to the table in terms of quality and sustainability.

Eco-Friendly Choice: Speaking of sustainability, RSPro is not just about surfing; it's about surfing with a conscience. Their cork grips come in environmentally friendly recycled carton packaging and are produced locally in Barcelona. This is a big plus for those of us who value eco-friendly products. Decathlon’s pad, while functional, lacks this eco-conscious aspect with its plastic packaging and distant manufacturing in China.

Style and Performance: In the style department, RSPro’s Cork Grip definitely stands out. It offers a unique, natural look that elevates the aesthetic of any surfboard. Performance-wise, it provides a wax-like feel for a more natural surf experience which allows easy and smooth foot movement around the pad. On the other hand, Decathlon’s EVA foam grip offers a high-traction, locked-in feel, suitable for surfers who prefer locked feet in the pad without any shuffle.

Personal Preference: Ultimately, the choice boils down to personal preference. Do you value style, sustainability, and a natural surf experience? Or are you looking for a budget-friendly option with a focus on a secure grip?

Choose Wisely: Every choice we make as surfers impacts our beloved oceans and beaches. Whether you opt for the eco-friendly elegance of RSPro’s Cork Grip or the budget-conscious, practical design of Decathlon’s EVA pad, make sure it aligns with your values and surfing style.

So, fellow surfers, whether you’re carving up big waves or just starting out, remember that the right traction pad can significantly enhance your surfing experience. Choose one that not only feels right under your feet but also aligns with your values and style. Catch you on the next wave!

Remember, this isn’t just about choosing a traction pad; it’s about choosing how you interact with the ocean and the environment. Each decision we make, no matter how small, contributes to the bigger picture of our planet’s health. Happy surfing!

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