Wax is a very important part of surfing, helping you stick to the deck of your board and perform huge manoeuvers. You want to make sure you get the right one for you. There are many different types of wax out there, some better formulas than others and some for different water temperatures. Here is a small guide to help you find the wax you're looking for. For more information on how to wax your surfboard have a look at our Beginners Course!
Choosing Temperature of Wax
Both types have temp ratings and work in a similar fashion. Depending on brand the temperature range for each type of wax generally goes from Tropic/Basecoat all the way to Extreme Cold. The higher the temp range the harder the wax is and harder it is to achieve a sticky surface without increased water temperatures. Using a cool water wax in warm water will just melt straight off the board as it is too soft. You can use warmer waxs in colder water they just won’t be as effective as colder water makes them stiffer, but won’t melt off. The following are guidelines and adjustments should be made based on the specifics of your location. Also note that all ratings of surf wax won't last very long in direct sunlight so try to avoid that where possible.
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