What Wax Makes You Shred? | Best Wax For Surfing
Ever since I started surfing I have always wondered which is the best wax for surfing . I would walk into a surf shop and see baskets of wax and wonder what the difference is. After trying different waxes I have figured what kind does what.
The most popular kind of wax would easily be Sticky Bumps. It’s the most popular because of its high performance abilities. When applied it creates wide bumps for excellent traction when hitting a line and nailing some tricks. Although it provides great traction under high performance situations, there are some flaws with this wax. With new wax jobs on this board, I noticed that this wax has a hard time sticking when exposed to the sun and water, especially with epoxy boards. This wax requires a basecoat layer with a hard drying wax, like the Sticky Bumps brand base coat. You can some get away with applying the wax and letting it harden over time. Another problem I have with sticky bumps is its ability to melt if left in the sun. If the wax is exposed to the sun long enough (except when in water) it “beads” up or smoothens out and now standing on your board is like standing on ice: not so fun. However these flaws are easily preventable by simply waxing your board right, keeping the top of the board turned away from the sun, and using the right temperature formula.
Another kind I see a lot of is Mr. Zogs sex wax. I have hardly ever surfed this kind of wax, but from what I have used it’s a good brand as well. Unlike Sticky Bumps, it sticks very well when applied, but I initially had to use a lot and keep reapplying often. The surface it creates when applied is less bumpy than sticky bumps and relies more on tackiness than bumpy friction. This wax works very well with epoxy surfboards since it will stick the first time and won’t come off as easily.
Wax is the key essential to great surfing. Without it, it’s nearly impossible to stay on your board and perform well. Everyone has a different preference to what kind of wax they like to use, so it’s important to test out different kind of wax and see which one works best for you.
So what wax do you use? We wanna here your opinion on what wax you prefer. Vote in the poll or leave a comment to let us all know!