7 steps to the perfect wax job
No this isn’t sexual before anyone complains. Although there was sex wax involved so that’s kinda of sexual 😉
The art of a good wax job is as important as any part of your surf prep. Get it wrong and your brand new beautiful board will look like its been drawn on by a 4 year old. You also run the risk of shocking surf’s where you slip on every wave because you did a dodgy wax job and its all come off.
Over the years we’ve seen some terrible wax jobs in our time. Waxed rails, tiny patch of wax under the front and nowhere else the list is endless.
We thought we would show you what we think it the perfect wax job.
- Start with a clean board preferably brand new (these are the best) if the board is dirty or greasy the wax may not take as well.
2. Grab your wax of choice. We like sex wax and green for the UK summer is the perfect temp. Some people like to put a base coat on first but we dont see the need to be honest.
3. Start from the tail pad and draw stripes across the board, 2/3 of the way up the board. Not going onto the rails. Wax is for traction and will slow the board down if you wax up the rails. If you are into airs or barrels you should wax a bit further towards the nose you don’t want your foot slipping off in the best tube of your life.
4. Draw stripes the opposite way to create a cross hatch pattern.
5. Then on top of the cross hatch pattern do small concentric circles over the whole area that you have cross hatched. This will start to give you a good coverage of wax on the board.
6. Once you have done the whole board with circles. Then go over that with the flat part of the wax block you have created. This will get that good coverage look. This is what it should look like. Keep doing this until the whole area has a good coverage of wax. It’s easy to see the three different layers here on this black board. Cross hatch, circles, top layer.
7. Finished and ready to surf. Re apply before every surf and you will never come un stuck with this wax job. I think we first saw this on a surf movie, they asked all the pro’s how they waxed their boards and this was slaters choice. We could be wrong and have made that up but it’s done us proud so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
If you haven’t done it for a while scrape the wax of your board and give it a clean up then have a go at this. A new wax job is always a good idea from time time.
That’s our 7 steps to the perfect wax job