Stomp pads are not 100% necessary. Some will argue for, and some will argue otherwise. I do not have a stomp pad on my board. If your technique is proper you should be fine. I say leave it off and it will be like a benchmark to reach for. Keep ~60% of your weight on your front foot and let it dictate your direction, just like regular riding. A lot of people put a lot of weight on their back (loose) foot while skating which is the opposite approach. If anything put extra weight on your front. If your tail is being unruly then try 2 things: 1.) when placing your back foot in front of your rear binding, apply pressure back into the side of the binding should help you stay stable and keep you from rotating unwillingly. If that is hard just keep your straps out of the way and put your foot into the foot bed.