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How To Wax A Surfboard

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Waxing a surfboard might seem like a simple task, but it holds a good amount of importance for surfers. A well-waxed board not only enhances the overall surfing experience but also contributes to safety in the water. Whether you're a seasoned surfer or just starting out, mastering the art of proper waxing is an essential aspect of your pre-surf routine. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of waxing your surfboard correctly, ensuring that you have the grip and traction you need to froth out on your surf trip.

How To Wax A Surfboard

How To Wax A Surfboard


Why Do You Wax A Surfboard?

  • Grip and Traction: The primary reason for waxing your board is to provide grip and traction. A layer of wax on your board's surface helps prevent slipping, allowing you to maintain control while riding the waves.

  • Safety: Proper waxing contributes to safety in the water. A well-waxed board reduces the risk of losing your board, even during those big airs you'll be attempting one day.

  • Enhanced Performance: With a correctly waxed board, you can execute more maneuvers and improve your surfing experience.

  • Water Temperature Adaptation: Different surf waxes are formulated for various water temperatures. Using the appropriate wax for the water conditions enhances the effectiveness of your grip.

How to Wax a New Surfboard

  • Start with a clean board surface to ensure proper adhesion of the wax.

  • Apply a base coat: rub the wax gently in a diagonal pattern across the entire board. This provides a foundation for the top coat. Click here to see base coat.

  • Add a top coat: Apply a layer of wax using horizontal strokes, focusing more on the areas where your feet will be placed for maximum grip. Here is an example of a warm water bar of wax.

Step-by-Step Guide to Waxing Your Surfboard

Step-by-Step Guide to Waxing Your Surfboard


1. Prepare Your Board
  • Start with a clean and dry surfboard.

  • Remove any old wax using a wax comb or scraper.

2. Apply a Base Coat
  • Choose the appropriate wax based on water temperature.

  • Rub the wax gently in a diagonal pattern across the entire board.

3. Add a Top Coat
  • Apply a layer of wax using horizontal strokes, focusing on the areas where your feet

  • will be placed.

Tip: there's one universal rule—gentle application is key. Exerting too much pressure can result in the wax smudging rather than adhering smoothly. Your goal is to delicately rub the wax up and down the deck, encouraging the formation of small, subtle beads. These beads are your ticket to improved traction and grip once you're out there.

4. Distribute Wax Evenly
  • Use circular motions to rub the wax and distribute it evenly.

  • Press down firmly to ensure the wax adheres well.

5. Create Texture
  • For extra grip, use the wax comb to create a textured pattern on the waxed surface.

6. Check for Adequate Grip
  • Run your hand over the waxed areas to ensure you have the desired level of grip and traction. You want to see little bumps of wax formed all over the board.

7. Final Touches
  • While this step might not apply to every situation, it can be a game-changer. If your current wax job isn't brand new, running a wax comb over the deck of the board can rejuvenate the grip by creating a textured surface. A wax comb can usually be snagged from your nearby surf shop for just a couple of dollars.

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