How to wax your surfboard

How to apply surfboard wax

Surf wax ensures a secure stand on the board. In contrast to skis and snowboards, the wax is not applied under the board (to improve the sliding properties) but on the top to increase the slip resistance.
If you practice surfing or bodyboarding, you must have heard the word ” wax “. This English word (which means “wax”) qualifies the paraffin bar used to increase the grip of the surfer/bodyboarder on the board.

1. Soften the wax to make it easier to remove

  • There are several ways to soften the wax. You can put the board in the sun, use the hairdryer or pour warm water over it, although you should be careful with the last variant, because the surface can be sensitive, especially with hardboards.
  • It’s best to wear older clothes, as you could get a bit dirty as the wax is a bit stubborn to get out of the clothes.

2. Removal of the Wax

  • The softened wax can best be carefully removed from the board with a wax remover or a soft plastic spatula. Please make sure that you don’t scratch your board and that you lend a hand carefully. You can completely remove the remaining wax residue with a wax solvent.

3. Apply Wax

  • There are different techniques for waxing your surfboard. Circular, diagonally crossed, or chessboard. You are free to decide which variant you use with yourself. Here at our surf school we mostly use the diagonal crossed method. Apply evenly and forcefully with the corner of the wax block over the surfboard. The board should not be too warm. Every time a wax strip meets, small wax strokes occur, which give you the necessary grip.
  • The wax is an excellent thing for learning to surf, but it needs to be looked after and mastered. Especially in the beginning when learning to surf, wax is not necessary, it depends entirely on the soft board you want to use.

Choose the wax that suits the season

Wax has several types of hardness, and I want to choose it according to the water temperature and temperature. It is recommended to choose a harder one that does not melt easily in the summer and a softer one in the winter.
The wax package is labeled with TROPICAL or COLD. This is a description that represents the corresponding water temperature. Be careful not to use the wrong one.

Water temperature correspondence table

  • COLD: For midwinter
  • COOL: For autumn-winter
  • WARM: For spring-summer
  • TROPIC: For midsummer

By the way, wax is sensitive to heat, and if you leave the board on a sandy beach or in a car under the scorching sun, it may melt into muddy. When repainting, let’s work after lowering the surface temperature by cooling the board with seawater. Also, when placing the board on the beach in midsummer, you can protect the wax from direct sunlight by turning the bottom side (backside) up.

Tips for stand up paddling beginners

Tips for stand up paddling beginners

  • If you buy cheap, you buy twice

For stand up paddling beginners, the offers for stand up paddle boards in the hardware store are very tempting. For the inexperienced eye, the boards do not differ from the medium to high-priced brand boards and the cheap boards may be sufficient to splash around for in the bathing pond. After just a short time you will be unhappy with such a SUP board if you want to paddle a little sportier. For a start, choose a medium-priced branded SUP board or a used stand-up paddle board from an expensive brand manufacturer.

  • Buy the right paddle

An aluminum paddle may be sufficient to start with, but after a short time you will notice as a SUP beginner that the weight of the aluminum paddle quickly ” gets into your hands” and your arms get tired. Aluminum paddles are available so the loss is not too big if you want to spend some money on a better paddle after a short time. It doesn’t have to be a carbon paddle, but a hybrid paddle with carbon content is much more fun than an aluminum paddle.

  • Test different SUP boards before you buy one

Even if the offer may seem so tempting – do not buy the first SUP board that you can get for a good price. In the summer months there are many festivals where you can try out different SUP boards. Try out different models before deciding on a SUP.

  • Care for your inflatable stand up paddle board

An inflatable SUP is very durable and durable if you take good care of it. UV radiation, seawater and bad rolling can affect your inflatable SUP.
Rinse it with fresh water after each use in seawater and store it slightly inflated in winter in a dry room at room temperature. You should also schedule cleaning with special SUP cleaning agents several times a year.
Let the SUP board dry completely before you pack it and be sure to clean the deck pad. Dirt that has dried on the deck pad is very difficult to remove. If the cover pad comes off at the edge, use the supplied adhesive to stick it on again.

  • Safety comes first

Stand up paddling on the lake is not difficult to learn and also seems harmless, but safety always comes first, especially for SUP beginners. If you have no previous experience with water sports, it makes sense to take a short introductory course. Wearing a life jacket is never a mistake and choose your outfit according to the water temperatures. Everyone can fall into the water from time to time, so a wetsuit or even a drysuit is mandatory for cooler water temperatures. Please also inform yourself exactly which leash can be used with which board in which water.
In the beginning, you should paddle on windless or windless days, because even small winds can make small, choppy waves unsafe. Before the first paddle attempts, check wind and weather forecasts and if you feel uncomfortable, don’t paddle.

How to Remove Surfboard Wax

How to Remove Surfboard Wax

The surfboard wax is good but having a well-waxed board is better. After a while, it accumulates and it is sometimes wise to remove it to start from scratch. A board that talks. And by dint of the water all the time before going surfing, the new wax is added to the old one and ends up forming a big candle, plus a board.
So you think to remove all the wax and put a new layer. Yes but just like me you’ve never done it before and you wonder if there is something special to do. For having just done yesterday for the first time, here is a procedure that I found on the net and some beginner tips.

1. Install your surfboard in a place that does not fear anything. If you can not be outside, place it on a tarpaulin, a towel, your mother-in-law, something that is not afraid.
2. Remove most of the wax using a wax comb or spatula that will not damage the board.
3. Soak a rag of F-petrol and rub where it is left.
4. Rinse the board with fresh water.
5. That’s it, your board will be completely free of its old skin.
6. You can now give a new layer of wax.

Why is it important of surfboard wax?

If surfers wax their board, it is to make it slip-resistant and avoid slipping when they stand on it. They evidently only waxed the upper surface of their board. There are also many types of wax and we will choose its wax depending on the temperature of the water in which we intend to surf.

The wax comb, with its small teeth, makes it possible to draw furrows in the wax already deposited on the board and, thus, to increase the adhesion and prolong the life of it. The wax comb also allows as we said earlier, to remove the wax when it has aged too much.

It is therefore very important to renew the wax of its board when it begins to age, to maintain its anti-slip qualities. If you do not remove the old layer of wax, the new layer of wax will be less effective and the board may be damaged. Also, remember that board too slippery can become dangerous if it falls too often the surfer who uses it.

How to choose surfboard fins

How to choose surfboard fins

This is how you surf well, and it’s time to choose some new fins. Because colorful fins make you faster. I’m just having fun. Well, somehow – sometimes better fins look cooler. However, better fins mean that you can surf in a way that’s better for yourself. In other words, you will be able to surf better. Powerful surfers use larger, stiffer fins that provide more drive and speed and hold better during turns. However, if you are not a strong enough surfer, these types of fins will make the board too stiff and it will become harder to get fluid. At the other end of the spectrum, a fin that’s too small for you is not driving, speeding and keeping enough.

The surfboard

All surfboards are different. So some fins will work with some and not others. Even more, the right fin can potentially even make a not so good surfboard fly the line.
Boards with more concave and wider tails (eg a fishtail) tend to work best with fins that have a larger surface area and more depth and/or sweep.
Boards with less concave and narrower tails (eg a pistol) tend to work best with an average to smaller size fins, relative to your weight.

The Wave

That’s a bit of a trick because most of us are surfing a huge variety of waves. But remember the waves that you surf most of the time.
For long-term pauses, you tend to have longer turns with a wider, less narrow arc. For that, you want fins with more sweep.
For faster, hollow waves (think of the magical / dream day, if you want to find your local beach to find perfect sandbars and barrels or just that day if it’s a bit more powerful) You the opposite. You want fins with less sweep and a wider base that will make your turn bow firmer and more pivotal.

Choosing an inflatable paddle board

Choosing an inflatable paddle board

Choosing an inflatable paddle board

The most decisive criterion in choosing an inflatable paddle board is the program you have set yourself. Depending on how you use it, the most suitable board will not be the same. Indeed, the dimensions, balancing, and curves of the board will be radically different depending on whether it is a SUP board for the ride or surf for example.

The most important point to note here is the volume of the board. The more it will be important and the more the board, and you by extension, will be stable. The smaller the volume, the more responsive and responsive the board will be.

An inflatable paddle board for the ride

Whether you are a beginner, Sunday sportsman or paddle pro, there is nothing more enjoyable than taking a board and enjoying a beautiful landscape while a gentle breeze gently caresses your skin.

SUP walks are special moments of contemplation and relaxation, so it is not surprising that many families try and adopt them. To walk quietly on calm water, it is advisable to privilege a broad plank with round forms in order to benefit from a maximum of stability.

Thus, the perfect inflatable SUP board for the ride will have a length of between 10 and 11 feet with a width of 30 to 36 inches.

Thanks to the latest advances, rigid SUP boards are less interesting for the ride and this is even more true for a family ride: parents and children will each have their board in a compact bag for a much simpler transport!

An inflatable SUP for surfing

For fun with the waves, an inflatable stand up paddle board will have to be a little more compact than for the ride. Indeed, here we seek a little more performance and above all a lot of maneuverability to make the most of the sensations offered by the waves. Unlike a larger board that will be more versatile but less playful in the waves.

So, to choose a SUP board for surfing, the length will be very important. Unlike a board, very long, the surfboard will be very short to gain accuracy and speed of movement.

In terms of width, a SUP board for surfing may be substantially as wide as for the ride, so as not to lose too much stability.

Inflatable Paddle Surf

If you are planning a travel trip and do not have enough space to bring a paddle surf, or if you plan to carry your surf on a bike by the rack or even on a bus, an inflatable model might be a good choice. Inflatable models are found in all categories.

Inflatable paddle surf packs into a carry bag the size of a large backpack. To inflate it, count on average 5 to 10 minutes using a hand pump, or less with an electric or battery operated pump.

Advantages of inflatable paddle surf

They are very easy to transport and store.
They are perfect for the travel trip (offering great opportunities for outings to lakes and rivers in remote areas.)
They are extremely durable, which is perfect for whitewater outings.
Their flat bottom and great buoyancy promote stability, making them a good choice for beginners and yoga on the water.

Disadvantages of inflatable paddle surf

Although inflatable models are no less rigid than hard surface models, you may notice a slight bending in paddling, which requires increased effort on your part with each stroke of the paddle.
Some are quite thick, which can make you feel a bit higher and have less contact with the water.
If you are looking for a more advanced shape, chances are you will not find what you are looking for in the inflatable paddle surfing range.

Tips for care equipment after surfing.

Tips for care equipment after surfing.

Tips for care equipment after surfing.

Some rituals punctuate your surfing sessions, before going to the water but also out of the water. Surfboard, wetsuit, accessories do not let your gear and surf equipment drag after the session behind you. Information for your health, but also for the maintenance of your equipment.

1. Do not leave your plane in full sun

Once the session is over, think of putting away in the minutes following your surfboard in its anti-UV cover. And if you plan to rest on the beach before returning the cover, find a shadow for you and your board and put your board on your cover if you will soon be back in the water. But position it upside down so that the wax does not melt.

2. Cleaning surfboard

Before slipping your surfboard in its cover, remember to clean it with clear the water, under the beach shower for example. Why? Simply to remove the sand from your deck before your surfboard dries. Nothing is more unpleasant (and ugly) than to find and stuck on the wax during the next session!

If your beach is devoid of showers, opt for the practical solution: a portable solar shower. And exit the fear of getting grilled when you get back to the office with salty hair and face covered with a solar stick

3. Do not wrap around the leash

It is a habit for many surfers, to quickly forget!

If you wrap your leash around your board when you have finished surfing, your leash will tend to keep that shape. Afterward, he could twist around the tail, a drift or your feet.

Furthermore winding your leash around drifts will eventually create micro cracks on the tube of your leash, and therefore, a few sessions later, its premature break.

4. Using Surf Board

Get in the habit of storing your surfboard in its cover when leaving your session. The seats of your car and your board will thank you. Indeed, salt water and sticky wax are all elements that contribute to the deterioration of your cabin. As for your surfboard, it will be protected from both the sun and any impact during transport.

5. Change with a poncho

Although your body is sculpted after hours of surfing session, be aware that showing off naked on the parking lot only gathers a small part of followers of the surfing community. Others more cautious, try somehow to keep their towel around their waist when removing their wetsuit neoprene, in a draft of fresh air.

The surf poncho! Ideal for changing out of sight and protect from the cold, this is the must after the accessory session.

6. Use a bag or tray to transport

We will not lie: taking off your wetsuit is never a pleasure. But this is not a reason to trample on the gravels of the car park! Instead, use a combination bag or bin that, in addition to protecting your wetsuit from snagging at the time of stripping, will help to protect your car boot from salt water disruption.

How to Choose Surfboard

How to Choose Surfboard

How to Choose a surfboard

Before buying a surfboard for water sport. You can read the detail of this product and review form customer.

Characteristics of a surfboard:

A surfboard has several characteristics that influence its drive (its handling in some ways), its maneuverability, ease of rowing and take-off (when the surfer gets up on his board), the trajectories of the surfer etc.


The length of a surfboard is expressed in feet and inches which are the English measures (for example 6’2 ”).


The outline designates the general shape of the board.
The more advanced the beam is, the more the board is stable at high speed and allows driving with a lot of flow. The further he is, the more the board is manageable at low speed and allows radical turns.

Tail: The tail designates the back of the board, there is a multitude of the tail and different combinations of tails. A wide tail offers lift and maneuverability but is unstable at high speed. A narrow tail offers less maneuverability but ensures good stability at high speeds.

Nose: The nose designates the front of the board. A pointed nose allows attacking hollow waves while a rounded nose allows an easy and more comfortable paddle on small to medium waves (and nose-riding on a longboard).

Rails: It indicates the junction between the top and the bottom of the board, it can be more or less pinched. The more the rail is pinched, the more the board hangs the water.

It designates the arch of the board. The weaker it is and the faster the board, the greater the danger of “baking” (planting the nose).

Drift (s): Designate (s) the fins of the board; they serve to direct the board. There are several assemblies, in the single end (central fin), twin fins (two side fins), thruster (twin + central fin) or quad (two side fins).

You must choose your drifts according to your weight and your level. The heavier you are, the larger your fins must be and the more muscular you are, the stiffer they must be.

The thruster is the most widespread, it allows to execute the contemporary maneuvers. But trying other montages will offer you new sensations and the possibility of drawing new paths!

Drifts are used for directional control and are responsible for up to 30% of board efficiency.

There are different sets of fins, which can be fixed or removable :

Thruster: the most widespread today, it offers a good compromise of stability and maneuverability; which makes him the ultimate weapon for performing the maneuvers of the contemporary repertoire.

Quattro: also called quad, it is ideal for hollow waves. It brings speed and grip but remains less maneuverable than the thruster.

Twin fins: often coupled with a board with little rocker, the twin can generate a maximum of speed but does not allow tight turns and offers less grip than the Quattro.

Single end: it is the oldest assembly; the single will allow you to the cruiser and draw big curves like any good soul self-respecting surf.

To properly choose your single drift and understand how it works, here are the essential elements to take into account:

The length: by increasing the length of your drift you gain in stability, by decreasing it you favor the maneuverability and the reactivity.

The width (base): by increasing the width of your drift you gain speed, by decreasing it you favor maneuverability and reactivity.
So choose for example a large and wide drift if you prefer the noseriding and a smaller and narrower to facilitate your turns and reduce the arc of your curves.

The rake: the more the rake is important (so the more the drift is “dug”), and the more the board will have drive ie holding and stability in the curves.

The flex: the more the drift will have flexibility and the more you will gain maneuverability and recovery, but the more you will also lose in pure speed.