Waxing your surfboard might seem to be a primitive task, but it is the necessity. No matter, you have reached a technological epoch where you can predict the tides in the morning but, for better surfing, you would still need a crude petrochemical compound to wax your surfboard.
How To Do It Right?
Since the surfing came in the knowledge of commoners, surfers have been using a combination of coconut oil and paraffin to wax their surfboard. The combination had to be applied in a crisscross pattern to achieve maximum grip.
However, since the innovation tracked in, many inventors entered the arena with their advanced options of textured fiberglass, traction pads, and spray on the grip. Nevertheless, nothing worked like the way traditional wax worked.
Therefore, let’s stick the traditional way of waxing your surfboard with the five easy ways, as explained here.
1. Collect The Supplies For Waxing Your Surfboard
Starting with waxing will require a few supplies, including basecoat wax, wax for topcoat, and a comb. These supplies are for a new coating. But, if you have a used surfboard, reapplication will require a wax cleaner of good quality and some towels (paper towels).
2. In The Case Of Waxing Your Surfboard Again, Clean The Previous Coat
If your surfboard is new, you may skip to the next step. But, if you are reapplying the wax to your surfboard, this step is essential.
In this step, all you have to do is clean it properly with a wax cleaner and wipe it off with a paper towel to remove any residue. Cleaning the previous coat will help in applying the basecoat directly to the surfboard’s surface. Once your last layer of wax is all removed, your surfboard will become glossy again. It will be ready to put a new coat then.
3. Apply The Basecoat As The Next Step After Wax Clean-up
Basecoat is a long-lasting and very essential step of waxing your surfboard. Soon after a few days of surfing adventure, the topcoat may rub off, but the basecoat will stay there through-out the next waxing.
The main goal of applying basecoat is to create a bumpy pattern to last long. But as it is a hard wax, it will require extra effort for the proper finishing.
Simple ways to do it:
- Push it with all your force to let some rub off. While waxing your surfboard, the wax touching the board should make a strange sound.
- If you feel your hand a bit jumpy while applying the wax, the bumps are forming.
4. Apply The Top Coat For Waxing Your Surfboard
After the successful application of basecoat, here comes the chance to next coat that will make your surfboard sticky to your feet. The application of topcoat must be made as per the temperature of water you would be surfing in. Therefore, apply hard wax for warm water and soft wax for cold water.
5. Use The Wax Comb After A Few Surfing Routine
During the surfing routine, a few coats will flake off, leaving topcoat squished. To enhance the surfing experience then, use the wax comb for scratching it off. Wax comb will again carve the pattern, and you will get a good grip.
No Method Is Right!
Many different ways are prevalent among surfers for expert coating like circular waxing, crisscross waxing, and going psycho over waxing; however, all of these give the same end results.