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Surf wax guide

Surfboards are slippery when wet. It is almost impossible to stand up on a wet surfboard. That’s why there is surf wax. It helps you stop from sliding off your surfboard and provides grip while you are lying on your board paddling out to the lineup. Surf wax is essential so make sure you always have it on you. Buy it in the store or make it yourself. 

1 WAX TYPES

There are different types of surf wax for different water temperatures. If you live in the part of the world where you only surf in your boardies you will probably need warm or tropical surf wax. If you need a wetsuit or even gloves and booties, go for cool or cold surf wax. Always check the wrapping on the bar because different brands can have different temperature ranges.

palmers basecoat surf wax

Basecoat wax   Photo by Palmerssurf.com.au

2 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. It helps the normal wax stick better to your surfboard and will make it easier to apply. Base coat is always the same, temperature doesn’t matter.

3 SURF WAX

Usually there are 4-5 different types of surf waxes, depending on the water temperature.

COLD WATER SURF WAX
For water under 14°C, 58°F

COOL WATER SURF WAX
For water between 12-20°C, 54-69°F

WARM WATER SURF WAX
For water between 17-25°C, 63-78°F

TROPICAL
For water above 24°C, 75°F

4 MOST POPULAR BRANDS

There are many different manufacturers of surfboard wax, some with really funky names like Sex Wax, Palmers 5 Daughters and Bubblegum. The most common are Sticky Bumps, Mrs Palmers, Mr Zogs Sex Wax and Terra Wax. Prices differ slightly between the brands but usually cost under 3$(US), < 2£(UK),< 3€(EU).

Featured image by Sexwax.com