How to wax a surfboard

How to wax a surfboard

Big wave surfer and Brunotti team rider Brett Bucher started surfing and waxing his own boards when he was ten years old. Now dozens of wax- and surf sessions later he's still in the water and catches the biggest waves in the world. We asked him all about the importance of waxing a surfboard, the different kind of waxes and when he started waxing his own surfboards. Go check this interview out with our surf guy Brett.

Why is it important to wax your surfboard before a surf session?
''Without wax, the surface of your board is really slippery, especially when it's wet.
Waxing your board will give you grip so it's easier to stand up. If your board is made of foam, you may be able to get away with not waxing it but otherwise its vital.''
When did you start waxing your surfboards?
''When I started riding fiberglass boards, so probably around 10 years old.''
Which kind of wax do you use to make sure your board is surf ready?
''I use 'Sex Wax' or 'Ocean and Earth' wax.''
Do you use different kind of waxes for warm or cold water surfing?
''Yes, generally the wax manufacturers specify which wax types work better in certain temperatures. So if you're surfing in cold water, it's best to remove any warm water wax that might be on your boards as it gets slippery or hard.''
What's your favourite wax ?
''Sex wax.''
Do you have some special wax tips and tricks for us?
''Try and get a bumpy texture if possible, it feels more grippy. Also don't be afraid to use a lot of wax. I hate the feel of not enough wax. In saying that, everyone is different so do what feels right for you.''
What do you keep in mind when you wax your surfboard for the first time?
''When I'm waxing a brand new board for the first time, I start off with a few criss cross type lines around the area I want to wax, then I will just use a circular motion to apply it.''
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
''I guess I'm most proud that I've been able to share some incredible days in the ocean with my best friends and still loving surfing now just as much as I did when I was a kid.''
Last question, why should everyone ''get on board''?
''The more you try new things and break out of your comfort zone, the more you progress at what your good at. All water sports share similarities and we all got into them for the same reason, to have fun. Get on board because no matter the conditions, you always come in happy that you went out.''

by Anouk Van Haaster