Surfboard Wax And Its Function

Even people who don’t surf can usually guess what surfboard wax is and does. Obviously, it is a kind of wax that surfers apply on to their surfboards, particularly on its top surface or deck. But technically speaking, surf wax is not like your ordinary wax at home that you use to make your floor shiny, smooth and sometimes even slippery. In fact, it does the opposite. 홈타이

Surfboard wax is a type of wax applied to the deck of your surfboard that is specifically formulated to prevent surfers from slipping of their board when paddling out or riding a wave. This wax is composed of natural and synthetic waxes like paraffin, bees wax and other hard waxes. Other formulations include petroleum jelly to produce softer varieties of waxes. To give the wax an attractive and stimulating aroma, exotic scents like coconut or bubblegum are added to the mixture. These surf waxes however can also be applied to paddles for surf kayaks and dragon boats to increase the grip or handling.

Some surfboard waxes are formulated for a particular temperature or climate. In most surf shops you will find surfboard waxes for hot or cold climates. It is very important to use the right surf wax specifically suited for the climate and water in your region. When a wax formulated for cold water is used in tropical surf spots, the wax will melt away resulting in a slippery, gripless surfboard. Conversely, when high temperature surf wax is used in very cold water, it will harden and will not provide the needed grip.

The application of surfboard wax can be done with or without skillful strategies. The average surfer will apply wax liberally all over the entire deck of the board. You can even apply it to specific areas only, such as only where you plant your feet on the deck or on to the rails to give you better grip when duck diving. But to the more meticulous and advanced surfer, the application of wax could mean a lot to his/her surfing performance. They often will apply a base coat first which is then topped with another type of wax. Usually, the base coat is harder than the top coat resulting in the formation of small wax bumps which serve as excellent traction for your feet and body to stick to. If you do not use a base coat you can simply apply the wax by rubbing in small circles or by forming diagonal lines. This results in a similar effect.

Waxed surfboards can be maintained by using what is known as a wax comb. You may comb the waxed area to provide fresh engravings that revive the grip making it just like a newly waxed board. When no amount of combing or rewaxing will improve the grip, it can be removed and replaced with a fresh and unused coat of wax.

Removing the wax from your surfboard can be a painstaking process. But with the right method, you can do it in minutes. You can use a durable plastic scraper that is usually found at the back of a wax comb to scrape off the wax in chunks, thus, saving more time. However this can be time consuming if you have allowed a large build up wax over time. I highly discourage the use of direct heat using a blow dryer to remove your surf wax, as excessive direct heat can result in delamination and ultimately damage the foam of your board.

While there is often unavoidable residual wax left on the surface of the surfboard even after scraping with a wax comb, you can use a piece of cloth to pull off the remaining clumps of wax. You may also add some coconut oil or kerosene oil to increase the cloth’s efficiency. The use of strong solvents for this tasks is not recommended as this may damage the surface of your surfboard and even destroy the airbrush and artwork.