How to Wax a Surfboard

How to Wax a Surfboard
Waxing a surfboard is one of the basic activities that every surfer must do. Unless you want to be slipping of your board and flying into the ocean, you'll want to keep your board waxed. The most important step is getting the right wax, made for the water temperatures where you'll be riding. Once your board is waxed, you're ready to hit the waves.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Correct wax Wax comb or plastic scraper Rag Wax remover, if you need to remove old wax Sun or hair dryer
  • Correct wax
  • Wax comb or plastic scraper
  • Rag
  • Wax remover, if you need to remove old wax
  • Sun or hair dryer
Step 1
Remove the old wax. You don't want to put new wax over an old layer or it will quickly peel off. You need to start from a clean, smooth surface.
Step 2
Leave the surfboard in the sun for 10 minutes or use a hair dryer to heat up the wax. Wax will melt from the heat and come off easier. Use the wax comb or scraper to remove the old wax.
Step 3
Clean off with wax remover and rag. If you have any wax left that won't come off with the comb, use some cleaner to remove it all.
Step 4
Wipe the board off with a clean, damp rag to remove any residual wax remover. Let the board dry.
Step 5
Unwrap your new bar of wax and begin to rub it directly onto the top of your surfboard. You want to get a good sticky grip that will make it easy to stand on and maintain your balance.
Step 6
Apply the wax down the length of the board and then across the width to create a good grip. Alternately, apply in small circles. Cover the area where your feet, chest and hands will make contact, starting near the tail of the board and working to the front. You don't have to wax all the way to the nose, but cover the area where you'll be standing and laying.
Step 7
Wax the handrails on the upper sides of the board where you'll grab for a duck dive.
Step 8
Make sure that you have a good, grippy waxed deck. You should see a lot of tiny bumps in the wax that will allow for a firm grip.

Tips & Warnings

 
If you're in a pinch on the beach and don't have a comb or scraper, use a credit card or driver's license to remove the wax. Wax comes in different temperature ranges so be sure to look at the package and determine if it's right for the water temperatures where you surf. You don't want to use a cold water wax in warm water or vice versa.
 
If you're in a pinch on the beach and don't have a comb or scraper, use a credit card or driver's license to remove the wax.
 
Wax comes in different temperature ranges so be sure to look at the package and determine if it's right for the water temperatures where you surf. You don't want to use a cold water wax in warm water or vice versa.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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