Old wax is a problem. Surfboards get heavier and start losing tackiness. Learn how to properly remove wax from your surfboard and leave it clean for a new layer of grip.
In theory, surf wax should be continuously replaced by brand new grip. The slightly adhesive feel that you need to avoid unnecessary slippery wipeouts can only be fully guaranteed if you constantly remove old wax and establish stickiness with new product.
We always postpone surf wax work, because we're lazy, and we believe it is still good to go. But we should know that it can be quick to remove old wax. If the sun is shining, it will be even easier.
Many surfers also have to adapt their grip to different water temperatures. Removing wax may be an extremely frequent task, in multiple situations. So, what do we need to get started?
First of all, make sure to carry quality surf wax gear in your bag. It's inexpensive, and it will impact the quality of your future surfing sessions. Get a good surfboard wax comb (with an inward curve in one of the sides for running the wax off the rounded rails), a citrus-based wax remover or "The Pickle", an eco-friendly solution.
Now let's remove that dark old wax:
1. If the day's warm, put your surfboard under direct sunlight. The old wax will soften and melt like butter, in five minutes.
2. If the weather's not sunny at all, pour hot water over the deck or use a hair dryer to heat it up.
3. Alternatively, start scraping the surfboard with the sharp edge of your wax comb/remover. Do it with a strategy, from tail to nose or from rail to rail.
4. The main job has been completed, but a few sticky bumps remain. Remove them, one by one, until you see the original color of your surfboard.
5. Spray the citrus-based wax remover over the board and on a clean rag. Wait 30 seconds and clean the deck in a circular motion, until dry.
A few additional tips: forgot your wax remover? use a credit card; have you run out of citrus-based wax remover? pour pure melted coconut oil over the board or sprinkle beach sand and rub off the last bits with a wool towel.