What is the surf wax?

Surf wax is a sticky, water repellent wax. It is not slippery, as you may know from a car wax, for example.
Waxing surfboards goes back to the early 1950s. However, paraffin was used at that time. Paraffin wax is nowhere near as sophisticated as the surf wax used today.

Waxing the surfboard

Back then, surfers had to make do with it and somehow it worked. As surfing became more and more popular, more attention was attributed to surf wax. In the beginning, various rubber compounds were added to the paraffin to create a sticky wax.

Nowadays, surf wax is made from paraffin, beeswax and other hard waxes. Some say that each manufacturer has its own and secret formula to offer the best surf wax to the market.

The same can probably be said about any surfer. Everyone develops their own way of waxing the surfboard, swearing by their method and their particular product.

What is good for the water is less suitable for your soles

What I mean by that is that the outside of the surfboard is smooth and slippery. This is great for the water side so that the board glides on the waves more easily. However, it is not easy to stand on a smooth, slippery and wet surface. The board can literally be pulled out from under your feet!

A well-waxed surfboard creates bumps on the top that give the feet something to hold on to. A sticky wax helps with manoeuvring on the waves. It should also be noted that different “patterns” are created by the hand movements during waxing. These increased traction patterns result from the even distribution of the surf wax. The correct application of surf wax can make the difference between riding the wave and falling off your board. Once you know how to wax a surfboard, it's relatively simple and straightforward!

What to look for when waxing a surfboard

Length:

With a longboard, the entire surface should be waxed.
However, if you use a shortboard, it will be waxed from the front of the logo to the back edge. That's about two-thirds of the length.

Now you can start waxing

Most surfers use a base wax first. That said, you could do without it, but surf wax won't last very long without base wax. Base wax gives the top wax better adhesion. The reason for this is that the base wax is applied until the desired humps appear. Once they have been achieved, you can start with the top wax.

If you are new to waxing surfboards, you could apply base and top wax in different colours. This gives you a much better overview.

... and finally

After you have applied enough surf wax, comb through the wax layer in a diagonal pattern.

  • Tip: If you refrain from applying new surf wax after every Surfingsession, you can help yourself to create a hatching pattern with diagonal stripes with the comb.

Now it's just a matter of setting up the board and spraying it with cold water to speed up the hardening of the surf wax. After that, it's time to go surfing.

In our surf shop, you will find different types of high quality surf wax.