The key to a great surfboarding experience (apart from practice and good waves) is good, old-fashioned board maintenance. You want to make sure you stay put on it while riding the waves, so it’s important to wax the top side of your surfboard regularly! Waxing a surfboard isn’t difficult – you just need some elbow grease and the right products to do a good job.
How to wax a surfboard
While the bottom side of your surfboard benefits from its normal, slippery finish as it glides on the waves, you need to make sure your feet get a grip on the top side of the board – this is done by waxing. Surfboards should ideally be waxed after every ride, but you can get away with doing it every few rides. If you need a better grip in-between, you can use the serrated side of the wax comb to create criss-cross patterns in the wax as an emergency measure.
Surfboard wax comes in two variants – basecoat wax and topcoat wax – and you need to use both. Here is a list of the supplies you’ll need to do a great job waxing a surfboard:
- Basecoat wax
- Topcoat wax
- Wax comb
- Wax remover (if you’re removing old wax first)
- Paper towels (if you’re removing old wax first)
Ready to learn how to wax a surfboard? Let’s do it!
How to remove wax from surfboards
When your board is ready for a fresh coat of wax, you need to remove the old wax first. Follow these steps to learn how to get wax off a surfboard:
- Use the flat side of the wax comb to scrape off the wax on the deck, and the curved side to get the wax off the rails.
There will usually be a thin remaining layer of wax on the deck after you’ve scraped most of the wax off. Use a specifically formulated surfboard cleaner and wipe the board with the product and some paper towels (remember to always read the instructions on the product label before using it on your surfboard).