Purpose: The purpose of foot straps are to lock the rider's feet in place so that he may better control the rear of the ski during aerial maneuvers. They may be placed just about anywhere in a standup's tray allowing for various stances including surf-style.
Recommended for: Straps may be an alternative or a complement to footwells on standups, and are highly recommended on blasters (B1's). I recommend my standup installation method for any standups using 25mm turf underpadding so that the straps will mount mostly flush with the top of the turf. You might not want to use 7/8" bar on wimpy 5mm padding...
Difficulty: Easy to moderate depending on turf situation. Takes careful planning on where you want them affixed.
- Alloy 6061 Aluminum Square Bar, 7/8" Square, 3’ Length, mcmaster part# 9008K133 (for standups)
- Stainless Round Head Phillips Machine Screw, 10-24 Thread, 1" Length, mcmaster part# 91773A247
- Stainless steel #10 flat washer, mcmaster part# 90945A741
- Stainless #10 lock washers and 10-24 nuts (for blasters)
- Stainless wood screws (for blasters)
- 10-24 tap
- 5/32" drill bit
- 80grit sandpaper
- epoxy resin / cabosil mix
- footstrap of choice
- good razor blade
- Figure out exactly where you want your strap(s). Test out your desired stance several times before going through with this mod.
- Cut out two lengths of square bar for each strap equal to the width of your foot strap.
- Line up the foot strap and mark off where the screw holes will go.
- Drill and tap your screw holes and make sure they still line up with your foot strap.
- If you do not already have turf installed, great. If you do have turf installed, cut out just enough to fit the square bar through with enough room to sand the old padding down to bare fiberglass.
- Scuff up all around each section of square bar mount
- Mix up some cabosil/epoxy mix to a nice peanut butter consistency, goop some up in your tray, and plant each mount. I'm not sure how much it helps, but I smeared the goop all around and slightly over each mount.
- Let it dry and mount your straps!
Foot strap flavors:
Standard Dakine (Proform): The standard Dakine typically runs $15, is somewhat adjustable, and pretty much the most popular one around. It's pictured on the orange ski up top ^^^