WHAT IS THE SURFBOARD WAX?
The surf wax is a natural or synthetic formulation that’s used to increase the grip between the surfboard and the surfer. In surfing – The wax is applied on top of the surfboard to avoid the surfer from slipping off the board. Once the wax is applied to the surfboard – It also gives the surfers chest a good grip when paddling.
WHICH WAX IS PERFECT FOR SURFING?
The best wax is the one that stays on the board most period of time while maintaining its grip. In order to choose the right type of wax, you have to know on which water temperatures you will be surfing.
WHAT MATERIAL IS THE SURFBOARD WAX MADE OF?
Surfboard wax is a formulation of natural and/or synthetic wax. Generally composed of a mixture of paraffin and beeswax. Other hard waxes may have been used as well and petroleum jelly can also be added to soften the wax. Surfboard waxes can be found in many different scents from bubblegum, coconut, pine resin, hemp and so on.
TEMPERATURES AND THICKNESS
Using the right type of wax is crucial in order to maximize your performance on the waves. The main difference between types of waxes is their consistency, and the consistency determines the temperature range the wax has the best characteristics. In cold water you need a soft wax, that would not get hard – and on tropical waters, you need a hard wax that would not get too soft and sludgy.
Different types of temperatures by SexWax:
- Extra Cold to Cold 58’F / 14’C and below (Yellow Label) EXTRA SOFT
- Cold to Cool 48’F to 68’F / 9’C to 20’C (Purple Label) EXTRA SOFT
- Cool to Mid-Warm 58’F to 74’F / 14’C to 23’C (Green Label) SOFT
- Mid-cool to Warm 64’C to 78’F / 18’C to 26’C (Orange Label) FIRM
- Warm to Mid Tropic 70’F to 84’F 21’C to 29’C (Red Label) HARD
- Tropic 78’F and above / 26’C and above (Blue Label) EXTRA HARD
WAXING THE BOARD
Two main types of how to wax your board:
Use only one formula of wax. The good side is, that it will stay soft and stable, but the softer the wax the shorter it stays like that.
Under Coat plus Top Coat
Use a harder wax on the bottom and softer on the top. A harder basecoat will keep the main layer-structure all together so that the softer coat would also stay in place.
As we can see from the top drawing – You only need to fully wax the longboard, since you will be standing on all length of the surfboard from tail to the nose.
Waxing process is up to each surfer preferences. There are many ways and patterns on how to apply the wax, but the most common way many surfers tend to do it is pictured down below:
Starting out as the criss-cross pattern, then moving on covering the top layer with round movements. You either use the single or double-coating, the process will be nearly the same.
MAINTAINING THE WAX
The main thing here you want is to make the waxed surface tackier. Best way doing so is using the wax-comb. You could either make criss-cross, round or diagonal patterns when scraping to loosen up the old bumpy patches of wax. Bumps are like dreadlocks, if you keep on waxing the board without using the comb- you will be seeing “Rastafarian” bumps on your board pretty soon.
HOW TO REMOVE THE WAX FROM SURFBOARD
One way is to just use the comb and carefully scrape off the old wax with the rubber comb.
Another way is to use a solvent (that’s safe for surfboards) and the special wax comb. Generally, the solvent makes the wax dissolve and you could easily scrape off the wax with the comb by sliding down the flat sides of the comb. If the board is almost clean – you could use a household paper and the solvent to sweep off the final layers of wax. Once you have got the board clean – it’s best to wash the board off with water in order to remove the solvent before applying the new layer of wax. If you skip this process – the wax might not be staying on properly.
Looking for an alternative for a surfboard wax?
Well, then there’s an ideal answer for you! The HexaGrip
Hexagrip helps you save the time you would use waxing the board before every session. We know that it gets super fast when you pull up to the beach and have to start waxing the board.
The Hexagrip is thin, clear, soft and on the top of that – looks very futuristic.
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- After or before surfing, try not to leave your surfboard (neither the wetsuit) out in the sun. Sun and the UV rays will melt your wax, and the melted wax can go anywhere else you don’t need it. You’ll also need to use the comb again once it’s hardened again.
- Try not to leave your board inside the bag on a hot day. Or store it under the hot roof or right under the garage door. I’ve done it, and believe me – getting the once melted and then hardened wax off from inside the board bag is quite a challenge!
- Clean the bottom of the board in order to maximize its glide!