How to wax a surfboard:
We'll all be planning that route
We're gonna take real soon
We're waxing down our surfboards
We can't wait for June
That was the Beach Boys in ’63 singing Surfin’ USA. I had mowed lawns all summer to buy my first surfboard (an old Velzy Jacobs Balsa), bought a box of Parawax Parafin, and now had to figure out what to do next.
If I have learned one thing since then, it’s “waxing down” a surfboard. Specifically let’s wax down your first shiny new long board. (If you ever worked in a surf shop you got asked how to do this more than you would think!)
Lay your board on a padded surface or lawn (not in the sun). If the fin is sticking up, turn your board over.
Take a bar of BASE COAT wax (or TROPICAL as they are pretty much the same), and rub it hard all over the deck in a circular motion. At first, you will think someone is pulling your leg, because not much happens, but gradually the wax will stick, and by the time the bar is pretty much gone, you will have a sore arm – and a nice bumpy pattern of wax.
That’s it, until you get to the beach. Then rub a light coat of whichever wax is appropriate to the water temp. Keep that wax with you and touch up as you need to.
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