Surf Wax 101

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When you make the transition from your foam board to a fiberglass or epoxy board, one thing you can’t forget about is the wax! Here is our breakdown of everything you need  to know about surf wax.


Surf wax is ALWAYS a good idea unless your feet and hands have suctions on them already. The main purpose of the wax is to help keep you from slipping and sliding off of your board. It is very important to know when to use which type of wax. There are different waxes for different water temperatures. For example, if you’re surfing in Hawaii you’re going to want to use warm or tropical wax over cold wax. If you used the cold wax it could melt right off. If you’re surfing in Northern California though, cold wax is the way to go!



Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 1.28.48 PMWhere to put your wax? This is a very common question that answer varies among board. Long boards usually require the most wax for nose riding purposes and short boards or fun boards should have wax on the both 3/4 of the board. So basically everywhere else but the nose. Regardless of the board, don’t be shy with how much wax you apply. The more the merrier!



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The first thing one should do when applying wax is place your board on a soft sturdy surface. Next take your base coat and rub on a nice thin layer on your board. Then take the wax (whichever temperature pertains) and start applying lengthwise. Then crosswise. This is referred to as cross-hatching and will help get the wax nice and bumpy. Apply with medium pressure. You can apply different bars of wax on the same job. Circles and diagonal lines are also good application techniques. Switch up your directions.



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Basecoat — Hardest wax

Tropical — For 75 F degree water and above

Warm — 64 – 74 F degree water

Cool — 58 – 68 F degree water

Cold — 60 F degrees and below

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