Grow the surfboard
Why actually Surf Wax?
You need to wax your surfboard. This provides slip resistance on the board. It is applied only on the top – it is not used on the bottom for better gliding properties as in snowboarding! Surfboards always have a smooth surface on which you would slip without wax.
The ‘Wax’ is offered in blocks – herewith one waxes now the areas of the board, on which during surfing stands. Beginners should calmly wax a larger area, because often the stand of the feet is not yet optimal and thus you still do not slip off the board.
So always make sure there is enough wax on your board!
The wax applied must always match the water temperature. The wax provides optimum grip when it has a certain ‘softness’. Thus, it is very important to use the right wax. If the water is colder, it becomes too hard and does not provide grip; if the water is too warm, it becomes soft, causing it to smear and become slippery.
Different water temperatures = different wax types
Therefore, there are different hardnesses for the respective water temperatures. As a rule, a distinction is made between 4 different water temperatures/hardnesses:
|Cold Water Wax||Cool Water Wax||Warm Water Wax||Tropical Water Wax|
|Under 14 degrees||13-20 degrees||20-26 degrees||Above 26 degrees|
Surfpads are thin, textured “foam stickers” that also provide grip on the board. Surfpads are usually used only in the area of the rear foot, in order to be able to bring here by special forms of the pad still more pressure when surfing on the tail without slipping off. Advanced surfers who know exactly their stance position almost always have a “backpad”.