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Waxing a surfboard is essential because without applying wax surfers will not get traction and grip on the board. The good news is waxing a surfboard is simple and straightforward. In this article, we will discuss how to wax a surfboard.

Waxing a Surfboard

Waxing a surfboard is not a complicated process. Below we have discussed step by step process of waxing a surfboard to make your surfing trouble-free. Follow below steps accordingly.

Collect essential things

There are different types of waxes out there. These are hard wax, soft wax, fruit wax, chocolate wax, and sugar wax.  The type of wax you will apply on the board depends on the water where you will likely to surf. Water condition primarily refers to the water temperature of the ocean. If you surf in warm water, wax your surfboard with hard wax that comes with a high melting point. In cold temperatures, waxing the board with soft wax with a low melting point will work. If you don’t apply the right type of wax on the board, you will experience frequent slipping and sliding on the board no matter what type of surfboard you are using. Then, your surfing will become a measurable experience for you. Surf waxes packages mention a temperature guide on them. Read the temperature guide and pick the wax that is appropriate for the water where you will surf.

Items you will need to gather

  • 1 bar of tropical water wax – it is to be applied as a base coat
  • 1 bar of temperature specific wax
  • 1 plastic scraper or wax comb
  • wax solvent (optional)


Clean your surfboard

If you want to wax a new surfboard, no need to clean it. But, if you want to apply wax on your old surfboard, remove the old wax from it first with a plastic scraper. Remove the excess wax thoroughly with wax solvent.

Apply the base coat

It’s a good idea to apply wax on your surfboard indoor. It is because applying wax under the direct sunlight may result in smearing of the wax.

There are two methods to apply wax on a surfboard. These two methods are criss-cross and circle method respectively.  Waxing a surfboard in a circular motion is difficult. So if you are going to wax your surfboard for the first time, don’t follow this process. In contrast, the criss-cross method is the quickest. This is why most pro surfers follow the criss-cross method to apply wax on their surfboards. Both methods of applying wax on a surfboard are accurate.  What specific method you will follow depends on the method where you feel more comfortable.

Circle method

Hold the thinner side of a bar of wax on your surfboard lightly. Start rubbing the bar on the surfboard in a small circular motion. Move slowly along the deck of your surfboard making small circles each time until you have covered the entire board with the wax bar. Remember ti’s the base layer of the surfboard. For the base layer, a thin layer of wax is enough.

Criss-cross process

In this method the hold the thinner side of a bar of wax against the surfboard. Don’t press the wax bar too hard with the board. Draw a  diagonal line across the board of the surfboard. If you are coating a long surfboard, fill the deck of the entire board with a series of diagonal lines. For shortboards, coat the board two feet at the center, and the tail will ensure sufficient coating on the board.

Apply the topcoat

After applying the base layer either following a criss-cross or circular method, apply the top layer of wax on your surfboard in a small circular motion. While applying the topcoat, try to ensure a smooth finishing. To achieve fine finishing, apply light pressure against the surfboard with your wax bar and try to maintain a constant waxing motion. For the topcoat, apply twice wax as you did for the base layer.

How Often Should You Apply Wax on Your Surfboard

Apply some new wax on your surfboard before paddle out. After a fresh coat of wax, surf a few times and then apply a thin layer of the coat to get a better grip on the board. I go to a beach without waxing your board, don’t rub the surfboard with some sand. Beach sand will also make the surface of the surfboard rough which will make surfing convenient.

When to Remove Wax From the Surfboard

The answer to this question is it depends on the surfers. Some surfers prefer a fresh coat of wax on their board every time they for a surfing trip. But, there are also surfers who don’t much care about the regular coating of surfboards. If you are a short border surfer who surfs 2 or more times each week, applying a fresh layer of coat on the surfboard is necessary to get a better grip on the board. If you surf on a longboard and enjoy surfing once in a week, applying the frequent coating is not so essential that. Keep in mind that, apply wax on the surfboard add weight to it which in turn may make surfing difficult to some extent.

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