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How to Wax a Surfboard

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For more than half a century, surfers all over the planet have been acquiring wax (less often condensed coconut oil) in order to apply their favorite on the surface and set off to conquer the waves without annoying glides and drops! Inventors of the 21st century have created all sorts of new products designed to replace wax: special sprays, rubberized deck grip rugs and even boards that are originally equipped with textured surfaces! However, traditional wax was and remains indispensable and most in demand.

The waxing process on the board is called waxing and here are 5 recommendations that you need to know and be able to put to practice for every surfer.

Wax, wax, strife Plain wax and surf wax are not exactly the same thing. And if you are not a pro, it is better to seek help from a specialized store than to light a paraffin candle at home.

Each sea water temperature has its own wax. For surfing in the equatorial zone - the so-called hard wax, for riding in temperate and cold waters, respectively, soft wax (soft wax). More recently, even more varieties have appeared depending on the temperature of sea water: tropical (above +23), warm (+ 18-23), cool (+ 14-20) and cold (below +16). The general principle is extremely simple - the hotter the climate, the faster the wax melts, which means it should be harder! If in doubt, it is better to give preference to hard varieties of wax.

The color of the vaccine is white by default, although manufacturers have long learned how to make wax yellow, brown, and even fluorescent, releasing it in the form of crayons, briquettes, washers, etc.

To each his own The technology of applying a vaccine to the surface of the board involves several stages. If you rarely get on the board, then it is enough to limit yourself to a single application of wax. However, if you ride regularly, it is recommended to have a special surfer kit: wax, comb and wax remover.

Waxing technology itself It is best to apply wax, holding the chalk at an angle of 45 degrees, and draw lines across the board with wide strips, they will eventually come out about a dozen. Then you need to grind them in small circles.

There is another way: draw lines along the board, then across - in the end you get a characteristic lattice pattern. This first layer is called the base layer. Then the second main layer is applied - in solid wide lines with no gaps along the upper surface of the board. At the end, it is recommended that you rub the sides to make it easier to perform duck diving and some other tricks.

Then we take a surfer comb (the so-called comb) and apply another grid, already with diagonal strokes. With the same comb, you can update the "grate" every time before riding, but it is important to remember when the wax still needs to be changed.

Revaxing Do rewaxing, i.e. Replacing old wax with a new one is recommended monthly. What could be worse than saddling a wave, getting ready for a trick and just at that moment feel how your foot slides off the board! Before revaxing, you need to let the wax soften slightly in the sun (but do not get carried away, since fiberglass boards are not friendly with direct sunlight), remove the old wax, treat the surface with acetone and repeat the procedure again. They remove the old wax with the same surfer comb, but use not the serrated edge, but the opposite, which is flat. If there is no comb, an ordinary rag moistened with solvent will do. In surf shops, it is easy to find special fluids that completely remove the old wax from the surface.

What not to do

It is not recommended to rub the board on both sides, apply new wax on top of the old one, and also put the board with the rubbed side on the sand. Of course, you can experiment with each of the cases described and do everything according to the principle "spite of the conductor." But be sure that later, once in the water, you will remember our advice more than once

Golden Rule The more experienced the surfer, the more attention and strength he devotes to his board on the shore. And if you see a surfer carefully and waxing his board for a long time, then be sure that he will become the best on the line-up the next day. So dare, do tricks, chase the wave, but do not forget about the "household" little things!

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