Fingerboard Foam Grip Tape: The History

We are back with the history of Fingerboard Foam Grip Tape 101, your little history lesson…

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Max, history? Didn’t you struggle in that class?”

Well, yeah, let’s just say my report card wasn’t exactly filled with A’s in the history department.

But don’t worry, I’ve done my research this time, and I’m about to drop some knowledge bombs on the fascinating history of foam grip tape!

Get ready to be enlightened and entertained, because we’re about to take a trip down memory lane.

Let’s dive in and discover how foam grip tape became a revolutionary force in the fingerboarding world.

So, buckle up and get your learning caps on, because class is in session…

and this time, Max is bringing the history heat!

History of Fingerboard Foam Grip Tape

Foam grip tape has become a popular choice among fingerboarders in recent years, providing a unique alternative to traditional grip tape. Until the 2000s, there was only was only a few types of grip tape to be found, unlike today.

While its exact origins are a bit of a legend, the rise of foam grip tape can be traced back to the one of the early pioneers who goes by the name:

Foamy McFingers (pictured Below)

Fingerboard Foam Grip Tape Inventor Foamy McFingers

A young fingerboarding prodigy named Foamy found himself in a peculiar predicament.

While traditional sandpaper grip tape had long been the go-to choice for skateboards, Foamy couldn’t help but feel that it fell short when it came to the delicate art of fingerboarding.

Determined to carve his own path, he embarked on a journey that would forever change the fingerboarding landscape.

Foamy, armed with a thirst for knowledge and an insatiable curiosity, sought wisdom from the sacred halls of the local library.

There, amidst the dusty shelves and hushed whispers of forgotten tales, he dove deep into the realm of fingerboard grip tape.

Page after page, Foamy devoured information about its composition, purpose, and the artistry behind its creation.

As his understanding grew, Foamy’s mind ignited with an audacious idea. He yearned to craft a grip tape that would revolutionize the fingerboarding world—a grip tape that would offer a softer touch, a cushioned embrace for his fingers, and a connection to the board like never before.

Undeterred by skepticism and fueled by his relentless passion, he turned to unconventional materials.

Foamy scoured craft stores, DIY shops, and even repurposed forgotten foam materials he stumbled upon.

He meticulously experimented with different textures, densities, and thicknesses, all in pursuit of the perfect formula. Late nights turned into early mornings as he tirelessly cut, shaped, and tested each prototype, his fingers dancing across the experimental boards.

To his amazement, the foam grip tape not only provided the distinct feel he desired but also revealed unexpected benefits for fingerboarding. Its cushioned surface absorbed impact, minimizing finger fatigue during intense sessions.

The Results Were Amazing!

The grip was responsive yet forgiving, allowing for precise control and effortless maneuvers. With each ride, Foamy could feel his connection with the board deepening, his skills evolving, and a newfound joy sweeping through his veins.

News of Foamy’s invention quickly spread like wildfire through the tight-knit fingerboarding community. Fingerboarders from far and wide sought out the elusive foam grip tape, eager to experience its transformative powers firsthand. The reluctant hero, avoided the spotlight of his own ingenuity while watching a fingerboarding revolution from the sidelines.

True to his humble nature, Foamy remained grounded amidst the whirlwind. He continued to refine his creations, always pushing the boundaries of what was possible. Foamy’s journey had just begun, and he knew that there were infinite possibilities waiting to be explored.

It is easy to see why foam grip tape gained traction among fingerboarders due to its unique characteristics.

The foam material is soft and forgiving, offering a slightly cushioned surface that absorbs impact and vibrations.

This can be especially beneficial for those who prefer a more comfortable grip or engage in technical tricks that involve lots of finger contact with the board.

Fingerboard Foam Grip Tape Turned Couch:

As the popularity of foam grip tape grew, various fingerboarding companies and independent creators began producing and selling their own versions.

Not only do people love how great it is for fingerboarding, but also how simple it is to use. Foam grip tape is easy to buy and easy to put on any deck (including tech decks).

Even a NewB knows how to put grip tape on their board without the help of instructions, but there are tutorials if needed. (Wink, Wink)

Today, you can find a wide variety of foam grip tape options, each offering its unique design, texture, and characteristics.

While foam grip tape may not have a long-established history like traditional grip tape, its emergence represents the innovative spirit and creative exploration within the fingerboarding community.

As fingerboarders continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible on a miniature skateboard, foam grip tape stands as a testament to their ingenuity and willingness to try new things.

So, if you’re looking to add a touch of comfort and uniqueness to your fingerboarding experience, give foam grip tape a try and see how it enhances your connection with the board.

Keep shredding and exploring the ever-evolving world of fingerboarding!

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