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How to apply wax

Waxing your surfboard is essential. It stops you from sliding off your board and gives grip while lying on your board paddling out the lineup. The aim of waxing is to cover your board with tiny bumps of wax. This will give you traction and grip.

In this article we will give you the basics of applying surfboard wax:

waxed surfboard

Fully waxed   Photo by S.Bissonnette

1 WHERE TO WAX

Only wax the deck of your surfboard. Don’t wax the bottom and the rails and don’t leave any gaps. Rub it on about ¾ of the board, where your feet will be. No need to wax the nose of your board unless you do aerial maneuvers or ride a longboard. In that case cover the whole board.

2 WHAT TO WAX

Start with Base coat. Base coat wax is a special undercoat that is used first on your board. After you apply the base coat, use the ‘normal’ surf wax. Base coat is always the same, temperature doesn’t matter. Normal surf wax varies, depending on the water temperature. Always check the wrapping on the bar. 

3 HOW TO WAX

Rub the base coat on the top surface from nose to tail, and then rail to rail. Use a bit of pressure since base coat is harder than normal wax. Use the edge of the wax and try to start with straight lines parallel to the stringer. Then a layer of rail to rail and a diagonal layer. This should give a good layer for the normal wax to stick to.
Apply the normal wax in the same way as the Base coat. Make sure it’s a nice and even wax job with many small wax bumps.

For a new board use ¾ of the bar, for a longboard use the whole bar. Wax your board every time you go surfing but you can also roughen it up with a wax scraper if you don’t have any left. Try not to wax a hot surfboard that has been laying in the full sun. If possible try to wax in the shade. Try to avoid getting sand in your wax. 

Featured image by J.Philipson