You get advice on what surfboard to buy, where to paddle out, even where to go on your next surf trip. But have you ever been properly advised on how to wax your surfboard like a pro?
If not, read on.
Wax is the way you grip your surfboard, via the soles of your feet, and so it’s important. Real important.
There are loads of brands out there, but the undisputed best, is Sex Wax. Now, their branding, slogans (Quick Humps, ‘The best for your stick’, etc) may sound like bad schoolboy humour from the 1970′s, but their wax is excellent.
Ideally, a base coat of hard (warm/tropic) wax is applied to a clean, naked surfboard first, followed by a softer (colder water) wax to suit the ocean temperature you’re surfing in.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WAX MY SURFBOARD?
Most surfers like to top up their wax before each and every session. Obviously, with time, this will accumulate to a thick, heavy, grey layer of ungrippy wax, which will need to be changed.
How often will depend on whether you have OCD or not, but in general, de-waxing with the changing of the seasons (4 times per year), or every time you go on a surf trip should do.
It’s also worth thinking whether a quick rub with a wax comb will be preferential to adding yet more wax.
HOW FAR FORWARD SHOULD I WAX?
Surfers like John John Florence wax pretty much all the way to the nose, to catch the front foot on those frontside fin chuck/tail blows.
You might not be doing many of those during a typical session, but you might want to get forward (to pull into little tubes) or to cheater 5. The principle here is better to have wax all the way to the nose and not need it, than be slip slidin’ away if you ever were to.