How often should you wax your board? What kind of wax should you use?
Surfing is a sport that requires constant maintenance. If you want to enjoy surfing without having to spend hours cleaning your board, then you need to invest in some good-quality wax.
Wax helps you maintain a grip on your surfboard with your feet. It also prevents you from sliding off your board as you paddle to the waves.
There are several types of waxes available. Some are designed for beginners, while others are meant for advanced surfers. The type of wax you choose will also depend on the conditions at the beach where you surf.
This article will explain how to wax your surfboard the right way!
Gather Your Supplies
Wax for your surfboard is not a one size fits all product. You must be wary of which one you purchase, as there are different types of waxes depending on where and how you’ll be surfing.
One important thing you need to take into account is the water temperature when purchasing surf wax. Colder temperatures mean you should get softer wax, while warmer waters call for harder wax.
Once you have determined which wax you’ll need, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got a base coat wax or tropical water wax. You’ll also need a bar of temperature-appropriate wax.
This will be used as your topcoat. Finally, you’ll need a plastic scraper, or a wax comb, to apply the wax to your board.
Remove Previous Wax From Board
If you are waxing a brand-new board, you can skip this step. However, if you are waxing a used board, it is likely to have wax on it from the previous surf.
Therefore, you should leave the board out in the sun for the wax to melt. Once it’s been in the sun for around 5 minutes (or however long it takes for you to notice the wax softening), use your wax comb to scrape long strokes up and down the board until the wax has been removed.
If there isn’t enough sun around to remove the old wax, you can use a liquid wax remover.
Apply Your Base Coat
There are two ways you can apply your wax, the circular method, or the crisscross method. While the circular method is slightly harder, it provides the board with a more even spread of wax. The crisscross method is much faster, and a more common method.
This will also mainly depend on personal preference, so you can use some trial and error. It is important to note that you should wax your board indoors or away from sunlight, as the heat can make the wax smear.
The Crisscross Method
For the crisscross method, begin by placing the thinner side of your wax bar on the board. Draw diagonal lines applying light pressure across the deck of your board.
Make sure to do this on the areas where you will be standing, and where your hands will be placed when you pop up.
Depending on what kind of board you have, this could mean you are covering the entire deck or just a section in the center of the board.
Once you’ve completed the cross-hatch pattern, add some wax to the squares you’ve created using a circular motion. This should be done by using very light pressure.
The Circle Method
Like the previous method, make sure the thinner part of your wax bar is on the board. Then, using light pressure, apply your wax to the board using circular motions, moving up the board with each new circle.
Like the above method, be sure you are applying the wax on the areas your feet will be, and where your hands will be.
It is important to remember that you are only applying your base coat at this stage, so you don’t want any more than a thin layer of wax to be applied.
Time For The Top Coat
Once your base coat has been applied, you should now apply your topcoat in small circles, even if you used the crisscross method for your base. You want to ensure there are as many bumps as possible, this will give you more traction while riding.
This should be done by using an even waxing motion, and not adding too much pressure. Apply double the amount of wax on the final layer as the previous layer. When you’re done, you’ve got yourself a prepped board!
How Often Do I Need To Apply Surf Wax?
You should always put new wax on your board before surfing. Use a thin layer to make sure you have enough grip. Always make sure you have properly scraped off any excess wax from the previous use before applying new wax.
Things to Keep in Mind
It is important to remember that waxes come in different types. Hard wax is used for warmer waters, and soft wax is used for colder waters. You should buy the right type of wax depending on the weather. If you are unsure which one is best for you, ask your local surf shop!
You must also always remember to spread the wax over the areas that your body is coming into contact with the board, such as the deck where your feet go, and the sides where your hands will go when you pop up.
If it is your first time surfing, your surf instructor can guide you. If you are surfing solo, then there are bound to be other friendly surfers around, able to offer you a helping hand.
To conclude, waxing your board is an essential part of surfing as it enables you to have a good grip on the board when you are out catching waves. It is also very important that any remaining wax from previous surfs has been properly removed before applying a new layer.
We hope this article has provided you with a useful guide on how to wax your surfboard. Happy Surfing!