Wax on bodyboards: get a grip on hands and elbows | Photo: Creative Commons/Municipalidad Antofagasta

Sticking wax on a bodyboard has its secrets and details. A perfect wax job will ensure you never lose grip while pulling aggressive aerial roll spins, wave face 360s and inverts.

Wax has a functional role in bodyboards. For example, the majority of pro riders avoid applying wax in the board's chest/stomach area because it will hold your body movement too much.

Not that it is a complete mistake to get a grip in the section, but it may actually stop you from sliding up and down, and shifting your weight around the board. Remember that you don't necessarily need to wax your bodyboard every time you paddle out.

There are even riders who simply don't wax their bodyboards because they feel and believe the extruded polyethylene core offers enough grip.

Getting a good amount of wax around the nose is critical because your hands and fingers will pretty much rest in there for ninety percent of the time while riding waves. There's no problem if you slightly wax up the slick here.

Don't forget to wax the bodyboard area where your elbows will be, as well as halfway down the board around rails. Avoid waxing the hard slick, otherwise you'll be creating unwanted friction and resistance in the water.

Drop-Knee enthusiasts may add an extra coat in the section where they put their foot on the board.

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