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How To Properly Wax Your Surfboard

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Dec 2011
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Sweet, you just scored a new board for the winter swell. You need a leash, traction pad, and don’t forget to buy some wax. If it’s your first time waxing up a new board all on your own, don’t worry. Follow these 3 Easy Steps for a comprehensive explanation on how to properly wax your surfboard. Even better, watch our ‘How To’ video below and we’ll show you.

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Supplies Needed:

Supplies Needed

  • Wax – Basecoat – Top Coat
  • Surfboard


3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Buy wax at surfride.com. The temperature of water you will be surfing in will determine what type of wax to buy.

Buy Wax

You will need to apply a base coat for the first layer.

There are different techniques in applying wax. One way is to apply from rail to rail, then nose to tail. You can also take the corner of the wax and make criss crosses, running the wax one way, and then flipping the board around and applying the opposite direction. Either way works.

You can wax the board as high as you want, but normally, my front foot isn’t going to go past here. If you don’t know where your front foot will go, you can put the board on the floor, and stand next to it. Spread your legs a bit further apart than your shoulders and stand neutrally. You can see where your front foot will sit on the board and wax up to that point plus 4-6 inches further so you don’t have to worry about your foot slipping off.

Step 2: Top Coat – Once you have the initial layer with the base-coat, you can then apply the top coat.

Top Coat Application

Visit your local surf report website. Match the wax with the temperature of the water. There are several types of wax for different water temps. The Sticky Bumps Cool Wax is rated for water between 58 and 68 degrees. This is perfect for the water we will be surfing in Oceanside by Surf Ride. The Cool water wax will leave an extra tacky wax bump on top of the base coat. This is ultimately what we want to ensure a fun session.

Step 3: Go SURF!

Apply A Traction Pad

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