Surfing Without a Traction Pad

Just wax it and go

Photo: Lowe-White

Mason Ho, putting his back foot wherever the damn hell he pleases. Photo: Lowe-White

You can't lay into a testosterone-rich man hack without a stomp pad, right? Wrong! How can you be so daft? Tom Curren didn't need anything but wax under his back foot to carve and hack his way into surf immortality. But that was decades ago, there's no way you could pull today's technical aerials without traction, right? Wrong again! Look at how dense you are! Mason Ho never uses traction and he pulls inverted rotations and rodeo flips like it's his job or something. See? You don't need a traction pad, you big goof!