Surf wax: the best brands never lose grip

Wax is at the center of one of the oldest debates in the history of surfing: how should we wax a surfboard? Is there a winning surf wax formula?

Every surfer has a favorite wax brand. Some will prefer a specific formula because it smells better; others will remain loyal to an old formula because it never loses the grip, or easily connects with their surfboards.

Surf wax has a crucial role in modern surfing. The aerialist riders and the wave face destroyers always trust their wax job for maximum stickiness.

There are many theories behind surfboard waxing. Criss-cross, random, vertical, horizontal, oblique and circular rubbing are some of the different wax job techniques.

Water temperatures interfere in surf wax performance, so you should get the one that applies to your local or favorite surf spots.

From cold and cool, to warm and tropical, the market offers a wide broad of solutions. It's only a matter of trying them out and figure out which suits you better.

Surf wax has a few problems, though. Its ingredients are still far from being green and eco-friendly.

The good news is that, with a bit of time and patience, you can easily make your custom-made wax with beeswax, coconut oil, and tree resin.

Surf wax should be stored in cool locations. Otherwise, you'll end up getting chewing gum. You should also remove it periodically from your deck, in order to reduce surfboard weight.

There is also base coat wax for those who prefer having a primary anti-slippery layer that will last longer than the top basic coat.

 

Mr. Zog's Sex Wax

Mr. Zog's Sex Wax

Mr. Zog's Sex Wax is a classic pick and a surfers' favorite. It was born in the early 1970s and sells several water temperature formulas that go from 58ºF (14ºC) to 78ºF (26ºC).

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Sticky Bumps

Sticky Bumps

Sticky Bumps offers a broad range of surf wax products, from first traction to ultra sticky surfboard solutions. It is family owned and operates since 1972.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Mrs. Palmers

Sticky Bumps

Mrs. Palmers hails from Australia. It was established in 1988, and it promises maximum traction for your surf sessions in cold, cool and warm water temperatures.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Bubble Gum Surf Wax

Bubble Gum Surf Wax

Bubble Gum Surf Wax was created in the summer of 1984, in California, by Britt and Grant Galland. From packs of 10 units to wax removers, the brand has become an instant surf classic.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Famous Surf

Famous Surf

Famous Surf wax is a San Diego company founded by surfers. It ensures long lasting tackiness, in all maritime conditions.

Buy: Amazon.com


Need extra grip. Get base coat wax. Want get rid of old wax quickly? Buy a surfboard wax remover.

Anthony Vandenberg has once again participated in the Shackleford Challenge 2018 in Cedar Island, North Carolina. This time, he had a close encounter with a shark.

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