You may be familiar with the concept of waxing for performance and no I am not talking about hair removal wax! Most often we hear about people waxing their cars to keep them sleek and shiny looking. Well surfboards can be waxed too but instead of waxing to make them look shiny, sleek, and slippery...surfboards are waxed to make the deck sticky. The wax keeps you from slipping off the baord.
There are four main types of wax, based on the temperature of the water.
Tropical Wax: for water 75 degrees Fahrenheit and above.
Warm: for water 67 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cool: for water under 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cold: for water under 58 degrees Fahrenheit.
OR Make Your Own Surfboard Wax
Directions for Applying Wax:
Wax in a circular motion. This will create sticky bumps (yeah, also the name of the brand above) that will help with traction. If you run out of wax or do not have enough use a wax comb to stir up the wax that is already on your board and roughen it up. Pictured below is a Flexcomb. Shortboards need only be waxed from tail to the middle of the board. Longboards should be waxed from tail to nose.
To remove wax, use a wax comb to get the majority off and then follow up with paint thinner or acetone on a soft cloth to get the rest off. You will want to remove wax as you surf in different climates. There is also a nifty tool called the Pickle Wax remover...you may want to check that out.
AND just be aware that some surfers can get a rash from wax. Wear a Rash Guard if you have sensitive skin (find out what a Rash Guard is on our Water Surf Gear page.