Surfers know that a properly waxed surfboard is key to maximum performance. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to wax your surfboard for the best results.
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With the summer season in full effect and the waves rolling in, you may be feeling inspired to pull out your surfboard and hit the beach. But before you do, it’s important to make sure your board is properly waxed.
Not only does wax make your board look good, it also provides grip and traction when you’re riding waves. Moreover, wax protects your board from the sun, salt water, and debris. In other words, it helps extend the lifespan of your surfboard.
There are different types of wax for different conditions (e.g., warm water vs. cold water), so be sure to select the right one. Also, don’t forget to apply a basecoat of wax before you go surfing; otherwise, you won’t have anything to grip onto when you try to stand up on your board.
Follow the steps below to wax your surfboard like a pro:
The Right Tools for the Job
In order to wax your surfboard correctly, you will need a few supplies. First, you will need a block of surf wax. You can purchase this at most sporting goods stores or online. Second, you will need a wax comb. This is a special comb with sharp teeth that is used to scrape off excess wax and create patterns in the wax that increase grip. Finally, you will need a clean rag or towel to wipe off your hands after you are finished waxing.
Now that you have the supplies you need, it is time to get started! Begin by rubbing the block of wax directly on your surfboard in circular motions. Be sure to cover the entire surface of the board, including the rails (the sides). Next, use the wax comb to scrape off excess wax and create patterns in the wax. Common patterns include criss-crosses, circles, and zig-zags. Experiment with different patterns to see what works best for you. Finally, wipe your hands off with the clean rag or towel.
Now that your surfboard is properly waxed, it should provide better grip and performance when you are out on the waves!
The Right Wax for the Conditions
The right wax for the conditions is key to ensuring your surfboard performs at its best. Depending on the water temperature, you’ll want to use a different type of wax. Cold water (below 65 degrees Fahrenheit) requires a hard wax, while warm water (above 65 degrees Fahrenheit) requires a soft wax. You can also use a basecoat of hard wax followed by a layer of soft wax for optimal performance in all conditions.
Applying the Wax
Now that you’ve chosen the right wax for the conditions, it’s time to apply it to your board. Start by rubbing the wax in small circles all over the top of your board. Be sure to cover the entire surface, including the nose and tail. You can use your hands or a wax comb to spread the wax evenly. Once you’ve covered the entire surface, use your hand or a hairdryer to heat up the wax. This will help it to melt into the pores of the surfboard and form a stronger bond. Allow the wax to cool and harden for at least an hour before hitting the waves.
buffing the Wax
After you’ve applied a layer of wax to your board and let it dry, it’s time tobuff the wax. You can do this with a soft cloth or a piece of sandpaper. The goal is to create a smooth surface that will allow the water to slide over the wax easily.
If you are using a cloth, you can use circular or back-and-forth motions. If you are using sandpaper, make sure to move in the same direction as the grain of the wax. Once you have buffed the wax, you will need to rinse off the board with clean water.
Storing Your Waxed Surfboard
Once you’ve waxed your board, you’ll want to keep it in a cool, dry place. If you live in a warm climate, it’s a good idea to store your board in a shady spot or indoors. Avoid storing your board in direct sunlight, as this can cause the wax to soften and deteriorate.
While there are many ways to wax your surfboard, the steps above will ensure that you get the best possible performance out of your board. Waxing is an important part of keeping your board in top condition and should be done regularly. With a little practice, you’ll be able to wax your board like a pro in no time.