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What are the pros and cons of grip tape vs. foam?

If you want to use grip tape on your wakeskate, you will need to replace it periodically. Most competitive wakeskaters prefer grip tape to foam, but recreational wakeskaters can get a great ride on either type, and there are pros and cons that go along with each.

Grip Tape

Grip tape helps you get that skateboard feeling. Grip tape performs better than a foam top primarily because they provide better stick. The Hyperlite Catalyst Vinyl Wakeskate is an example of a wakeskate with a grip tape top.


A foam wakeskate can be ridden barefoot, and the landing is less painful when you crash, so it might be the best choice for beginners or casual wakeskaters. Furthermore, many users enjoy the ability to be able to throw a foam top wakeskate in the back of their boat for several people to share, without having to worry about whether or not their friends have wake shoes. The Liquid Force Signal Wakeskate is an example of a foam surface, with a molded EVA skate pad.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expert advice about all wakeskate brands and different surface types.

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