Le guide de la wax pour surfer: comment la choisir et l'utiliser ? - Surf By Ocean Essentials

The wax guide for surfing: how to choose and use it?

Wax has been part of surfing culture since the mid-1970s. We have this image of the surfer putting wax on his board before getting in the water. Some surfers can recognize the brand of wax based on its smell.

Wax is essential when you practice surfing, it allows you to have grip on the board and guarantees good stability on your board.

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How to choose your wax?

  • It is advisable to choose a wax according to its hardness . Its texture must be adapted to the conditions in which you will be surfing. The higher the water temperature of the spot, the harder the wax of your board must be in order to maintain a good grip on the board.

With or without undercoat?

  • To reduce your wax consumption you can use an undercoat of wax also called base coat .
  • Advice for your basecoat : it must be hard enough to remain stable at the current water temperature.
  • You can use whatever wax you want as long as it is softer than your basecoat wax.
  • If you think you have enough grip, no need to put on an undercoat

The base layer is designed to maintain your layer of wax. When you apply your base coat, you are trying to form small bumps of wax on the surface of your board.

In general, the base coat lasts longer, but it can be more difficult to apply. Understanding the right amount of pressure to use is key to achieving the correct base coat.

When should you wax your board?

Most beginner surfers think they will have to re-wax their board every time they go surfing.

This is a very common misconception. Although it is advisable to apply a light coat of wax each time you go surfing, you won't need to clean and wax your board every session if you do it right the first time.

You will simply need to wax your board when you feel you are losing grip with your surf.

The length and frequency of your surf sessions, as well as the type of wax you use, will determine how often you need to apply it.

What are the differences between the types of wax?

The softer waxes will be:

  • More sticky
  • Easier to apply
  • More likely to move or rub at pressure points on your board

The harder waxes will be:

  • Less sticky
  • A little more difficult to apply
  • More likely to stay in place and not come off
  • Moderate to high adhesion
  • Stability underfoot

How to wax your surfboard?

In general, the application of the wax is done in a series of steps . Although surfers generally have their own application methods, it is best for beginners to follow a standard protocol.

As a general rule, you should first apply a base coat to your board. This layer will help you gain traction and hold the top layer in place . The topcoat, which is often just a thin layer of wax, is the final coat in the application process and should ensure your board is ready to surf.

Keep in mind the temperature threshold.

Now that you know how to choose and use your wax here is the next step.

When should the wax be removed?

  • You can doubt it, Removing wax from a surfboard isn't always fun. It's the last thing you want to do and yet it's an essential part of the process, it is therefore important to know when and how to remove it.
  • When you start to feel like you're losing grip with your board , it's time to take your wax off. The more you surf, the less effective your wax will be . This is especially true if you are using the wrong type of wax.

Here are our tips for cleaning your board and removing the wax.

The old school method
  • Some surfers find the easiest way is to cover their board with sand and leave it for a few minutes. The sand will interact with the molecules of the wax and detach the substance from your board. After a few minutes, simply return to your board and wipe it with the sand that covers it. You will thus obtain an impeccable cleaning.
The bourin method
  • If you're at home, you can lay your board on some grass or cardboard and use a hair dryer to melt the wax. Once melted, it's much easier to wipe off - yes, it's hot, use gloves and a thick cloth.

The classic method

  • Take out your wax comb. Wax combs are very effective in removing wax from all types of decks . Simply run the comb over the surface of the board, removing as much of the wax as possible.
  • To obtain a clean and quality surface , you can also use a cloth . Don't stop until your board is shiny and free of any residue.

Should you wax a foam surfboard?

  • The answer is no". Most foam boards aren't even slippery thanks to their EVA foam coating. Unlike regular surfboards, foam surfboards have enough grip to keep you balanced
  • That said, some people use wax for their foam boards for added grip.

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