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The present invention is generally related to an antislip pad structure, and more particularly to a surfboard antislip pad structure, which can be disposed on a surfboard to serve as a soft and comfortable aircushion with antislip effect.
Surfing is one of the hot water sports nowadays. A surfboard has a polished surface. In surfing, the polished surface of the surfboard is wetted. This often makes a surfer hard to stably stand on the surfboard to surf. Conventionally, for achieving antislip effect, a fogged face is disposed on the surface of the surfboard. Alternatively, an antislip attachable sheet is attached to the surface of the surfboard. Still alternatively, an antislip wax is painted on the surface of the surfboard. The conventional surfboards are mostly made of epoxy, fiberglass or carbon fiber. As well known by those skilled in this field, such surfboards have a common characteristic, that is, the faces of the surfboards are hard and rough. The hard and rough faces often abrade and scratch surfers, skins. Also, in lasting surfing, a surfer, s soles often feel uncomfortable when standing on the hard face of the surfboard. Accordingly, the conventional surfboard can hardly provide comfortableness for a surfer.
In the case that an antislip attachable sheet is attached to the surfboard; the antislip attachable sheet can only provide antislip effect, while failing to overcome the problem of comfortableness caused by the hard face of the surfboard. On the other hand, in the case that an antislip wax is painted on the surfboard, the antislip wax is likely to detach from the face of the surfboard. As a result, it is often necessary to refinish the surfboard with the antislip wax. This is quite inconvenient to the surfer.
It is therefore tried by the applicant to provide a surfboard antislip pad structure, which not only is able to provide antislip effect, but also is able to provide comfortableness for a surfer. In addition, the surfboard antislip pad structure enables a surfer to more easily control the surfboard.
It is therefore a primary object of the present invention to provide a surfboard antislip pad structure, which can be disposed on a surfboard to provide air-cushioning effect. The surfboard antislip pad structure also provides antislip effect to enable a surfer to more easily control the surfboard. In addition, the surfboard antislip pad structure provides softness and comfortableness for the surfer.
According to the above object, the surfboard antislip pad structure of the present invention includes a main body composed of an upper pad and a lower pad. The upper and lower pads together define an air chamber in the main body. The upper pad has a top face and a bottom face. At least one pillow section and multiple bosses are formed on the top face of the upper pad. Each of the bosses has a surface with roughened face or wrinkled texture for increasing friction. The pillow section also has a surface with roughened face or wrinkled texture for increasing friction. Multiple ribs are arranged on an inner face of the upper pad to enhance supporting force thereof. The lower pad is configured as a flat material and sealedly disposed under the bottom face of the upper pad for holding air in the air chamber so as to achieve a soft, comfortable and resilient antislip pad.
The main body of the antislip pad is disposed on a predetermined area of an upper face of the surfboard. The predetermined area is preferably slightly behind a middle portion of the upper face of the surfboard. Accordingly, in surfing, a surfer can stand on the surfboard in touch with the antislip pad to keep the gravity center balanced.
The present invention can be best understood through the following description and accompanying drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the surfboard antislip pad of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of the surfboard antislip pad of the present invention;
FIG. 3 is a sectional view the surfboard antislip pad of the present invention, showing that a surfer, s foot touches the surfboard antislip pad; and
FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing that the surfboard antislip pad of the present invention is disposed on a surfboard.
Please refer to FIGS. 1 and 2. The surfboard antislip pad structure of the present invention includes a main body 10 composed of an upper pad 11 and a lower pad 12. The upper and lower pads 11, 12 define an air chamber 113 therebetween. The main body 10 is substantially trapezoidal. The upper pad 11 has a top face and a bottom face. The lower pad 12 is disposed under the bottom face of the upper pad 11. The top face of the upper pad 11 is formed with at least one pillow section 112 and multiple bosses 111. Preferably, the pillow section 112 has a surface with roughened face or wrinkled texture C for increasing friction. Each of the bosses 111 also has a surface with roughened face or wrinkled texture C for increasing friction. The pillow section 112 has the form of a saddle with a slightly concaved middle section and two convex end sections. The pillow section 112 provides a large support area for a surfer. The pillow section 112 defines an air chamber 115. Each of the bosses 111 defines an air chamber 116.
Referring to FIG. 1 to FIG. 3, the air chambers 115, 116 communicate with the air chamber 113 of the main body 10 and air can flow between the air chambers 113, 115, 116. Multiple transverse and longitudinal ribs 114 are arranged in the air chamber 113 to support the upper pad 11. Accordingly, the upper pad 11 is able to bear hard pressure and is not likely to be compressed or deformed. The lower pad 12 is configured as a flat material and has a size approximately equal to that of the upper pad 11. The lower pad 12 is sealedly disposed under the bottom face of the upper pad 11. Therefore, the air can be held in the air chambers 113, 115, 116 to provide a soft, comfortable and resilient antislip pad. In a preferred embodiment, a bottom face of the lower pad 12 is painted with an adhesive layer 121 (such as a double-faced tape or a layer of super glue). By means of the adhesive layer 121, the main body 10 of the antislip pad can be securely adhered to a predetermined area of the surfboard.
FIG. 1 to FIG. 3 shows that a surfer's foot F touches the main body 10 of the surfboard antislip pad structure disposed on a surfboard. In surfing, the surfer's foot F will exert a pressure onto the bosses 111 and the pillow sections 112 of the antislip pad for controlling the surfboard. At this time, the air chambers 113, 115, 116 of the main 10 are full of air. Therefore, the bosses 111 and the pillow section 112 are able to resiliently support the surfer's foot F and buffer the pressure exerted by the surfboard onto the surfer's foot F. Therefore, the surfer will feel soft and comfortable. Especially, in surfing, the surfer can apply a force to the pillow section 112 with his/her heel serving as gravity center. In this case, the surfer can more easily control the movement direction of the surfboard.
FIG. 1 to FIG. 4 shows that the main body 10 of the antislip pad is disposed on a predetermined area of the surfboard. Generally, in sea surfing, the front end of the surfboard needs to be slightly higher than the wave breaks for riding on the waves. Therefore, the gravity center of the surfboard is positioned slightly rearward. In consideration of this, the pillow section 112 has a relatively large size, whereby a surfer can more easily control the gravity center and movement direction of the surfboard. Also, the air chamber 115 of the pillow section 112 serves to buffer the pressure applied to the surfer's foot F, especially in long-term surfing. Accordingly, the uncomfortable feeling and the possibility of sport injury of a surfer's feet can be minimized.
The above embodiments are only used to illustrate the present invention, not intended to limit the scope thereof. Many modifications of the above embodiments can be made without departing from the spirit of the present invention.