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How To Wax a Surfboard

Waxed Surfboards

There is a huge range of surfboard waxes available in the market, but all are designed for one job only, to stop a surfer slipping off a surfboard.   Surfboards without wax or traction pads are impossible to stay on so try a few wax brands out, find your favourite and never go for a surf without it!

Choosing The Right Surfboard Wax

Before you select a wax brand first you need to know what type to use.   There are five main categories of surfboard wax: Base Coat Surf Wax (does what it says and we'll come onto this later), Cold (water temp approx 15 degrees C and below), Cool (water temp approx 14-19 degrees C), Warm (water temp approx 19-28 degrees C) and Tropical (water temp approx 24 degrees C and above) which are all based upon the temperature of the water you'll be surfing in.   The warmer the water the harder the wax needs to be to stop it melting.   Most waxes are petrochemical based so not the best for the environment, your skin or your wetsuit, so we'd recommend going with an Organic Surfboard Wax like Matunas.

Choosing a Surfboard Wax Brand

So you've decided on the correct surf wax temperature and it's time to choose a brand.   Here are a selection of few wax brand names to look out for (there's loads more but these are the most popular):

Waxing a Surfboard

So wax in hand you're now ready to sticky up that board:

How to wax a surfboard
  1. If it's a new board ensure there's no dust on it or if you're applying a fresh coat to your existing board remove the old wax by applying a cleaner like the Dewaxit Surfboard Wax Remover and use a quality wax scraper like the Endless Wave Wax Buddy, which will make life a lot easier.

  2. Use a hard base coat applying it to the clean surfboard deck (not the base!!), using a straight motion across the board from side to side.

  3. Short boards can be waxed over the lower 2/3 of the board and longboards covered from nose to tail.

  4. Then take your top coat surfboard wax and apply in circular or straight motions over the base coat and small bumps of wax should start to form.  Do this until there's a reasonable coverage (see photo) and you're ready to go surfing!

  5. Once the wax has been on the board for a while it will start to go smooth and offer less grip.  When this happens use the teeth of a wax comb to score a cross hatch pattern into the wax to provide extra traction.

  6. Remember adding too many wax coats will add weight to a surfboard and it won't work as effectively, so clean the board off on a regular basis before applying a fresh new layer.

Where Next?

If you want to put what you have just read into practice simply use the links below to buy surfboard wax and scrapers in our surf shop.   If you found our 'How to wax a surfboard' guide useful then be sure to visit some more of our Surfing Information pages.

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