Originally, surf wax was not very useful if you were surfing in colder water. Now, you can find wax mixtures for just about every water temperature and surfing style. Choose a softer wax for cold water temperatures; harder wax works best in warm water. Some surfers also like to put a base coat on their boards, before layering a second type of wax over it.
“I use a hard wax from Sex Wax for base coat, then Brazilian FU Wax on top, and you’re good to go,” Nicol says. “The Brazilian stuff is so much tackier than everything else. For me, I slip all over the place if I don’t have it.”
On a shortboard, most surfers wax about 75-percent of the length of their boards, and the most important area is the spot where they place their front foot. “I wax almost to the nose of my board, which is weird,” Nicol says, who is famous for his aerial shenanigans. Longboarders, looking to walk the nose or hang ten, will typically wax their entire boards.
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