Surfboard Wax 10115 comments
Surfboard wax is exactly what it sounds like—wax for your surfboard. Oh, no great revelations in this section then! There are many different types of wax out there, and they all do exactly the same thing—they stop you from slipping off the surfboard when you are either paddling or up surfing.
Surf Wax Application
Here are the three essential steps for applying surfboard wax
to your board. Ignore them at your peril!
Step 1: Take the plastic off the bar of wax.
Step 2: Rub it on your board. (The wax, not the plastic bit.)
Step 3: Go surfing.
Yes, it is as easy as that. Anyone who says that you need to apply the wax in a circular motion from the tail first or any other rubbish is a buffoon (and probably working elsewhere on this site). The advice we'll give is that as long as you apply plenty of wax, then you should be fine. Also, never apply wax to the bottom of your board. That said, take a look at the video guide to the ultimate board waxing job, courtesy of Mr. Zog himself!
There is an alternative to having to wax your board time and time again when you could be out there surfing, and that alternative is deck grip. Deck grip is a permanent stick-on pad that is applied to the deck of your board. There are deck grips for the front foot, back foot, or the full deck. However, most surfers who use deck grip will only apply one traction pad for the back foot. You can find more information about deck grip on our site.
Surf Wax Maintenance
Instead of applying wax each time you go out, you can revitalise your old wax with a quick comb from a surf wax comb, available at any surf shop. After a surfing session all the nice wax you applied at the beginning of your surf has been smoothed out, and your board has magically become slippery again. A quick comb will see that wax become much more affective again. Of course this only works up to a point, and you'll inevitably have to fork out some more money for your next block of wax.
Once your board weighs more than 20 kilos, you may realise that
the time has come to remove all your old wax from the board
and reapply some new wax. To remove all the old wax, use your
dad's or older brother's credit card to scrape the deck of
the board clean.
(Surfing Waves accepts no responsibility for any subsequent loss or damage to any person or item of property that results in following the ridiculous surfboard cleaning advice given above!)
So, you made it through a whole section on surfboard wax. Pats on the back all round for a job well done! If anyone would like some more information on wax that is not listed on this site, then go and have a long chat with the owner of your local surf shop and pester him or her to answer all your questions. I am sure the owner will only be too happy to help you out.
Fancy a bit of DIY? Why not have a go at making your own surf wax.
on Aug 3, 2011
|not worth reading dont follow any of these instructions|
on Aug 3, 2011
|Perhaps you would like to help us out with with some stuff that is worth reading?|
on Aug 11, 2011
|very useful, thanks!|
on Oct 3, 2011
|What do you think about the tradeoffs of warm vs. cool wax. I am now only using "warm" rated wax, even in colder water.|
on Jan 29, 2012
|perhaps you would like to explain how to hold my dick when I take leak!|
on Jan 29, 2012
|I tried to hold it, but it was much too small.|
on Feb 13, 2012
on Mar 2, 2012
|If people don't have anything good to say on sites like this then don't say anything at all. I found it to be very informative (and funny) asI am just begining to surf. Thank you.|
on Mar 21, 2012
|hahahha... hold my dick. this guy!! lolz.|
on Mar 30, 2012
|why did the chicken cross the road? |
To go to the surf shop and buy some wax for it's surfboard,that crazy surfing chicken
on Jun 13, 2012
|Useful advice for those of us who are beginners, not self proclaimed 'pro' surfers. If you fall into this category you do not need to read this advice, so don't slag it off! (Why aren't you out honing your skills?)|
on Jul 16, 2012
|I saw the Board wax on a vacation to the Gulf. I had no idea what it was for . The wrapper was funny as hell. It said better grip for your stick, Im so glad I didnt apply it anywhere else. Thanks again.|
on Aug 4, 2012
|This is a great, easy to read article. All the retards who grew up surfing think that information like this is useless, but when you are just starting out as a surfer, info like this can really help to get that learner in the water.|
With all the rude responses, you gotta wonder... what motivates these guys? Bitching over zealous surf wax information on the internet is a pretty good waste of their time.
None-the-less, love surfing. Keep killing it.
on Sep 8, 2012
|So you don't need a base coat to put before you apply the wax??? Im getting different answers all the time...|
on Dec 6, 2012
|Do I need to put wax on my brand new softie? Of is it just for fibreglass boards? I've never seen wax on the softies used at the surf school.|