Im after a bit / a lot of advice please regarding a traction pad on my board and boards in general.
Ive got a 7ft 3 mini mal which I picked up cheap. I would class myself as a half decent beginner (can catch green waves, trim occaisonally and can stand up easily on the white water) but I struggle to duck dive my board. I was under the impression that a traction pad would help as it would have the kicker bit on the back to push my back foot off when trying to sink the beast.
Alternatively I have been toying with the idea of going to a smaller but good volume size fish for easier duck diving, or the other way and getting a 7ft 6-8" mal again to try and improve my surfing and just deal with the fact that it aint gonna duck dive.
So basically I am asking if you think a traction pad would help with duck diving my current board and as far as a new board goes would I be better to hone myself on the current mal and go for a fat fish or get a bigger board to hopefully advance quicker?
Any advice much appreciated.