Do I need a base coat?

A base coat is a thin layer of hard wax applied to the board before the topcoat, which allows the topcoat to go on easier. It is not a necessary step, however does make the job a little easier and saves some of your topcoat wax.


Choosing the right wax

Waxing your board isn’t complicated once you learn the basics.

*Remember - Hard wax for warmer water – Soft wax for colder water.


Why does surf wax have temperatures?

All blocks of surfboard wax come with a temperature rating, which relates to the wax's " sticky-ness " and what temperature it will perform best at.


What wax is best for my location?

All waxes perform better in the right water temperatures - if you’re not familiar with the water temperature at your surf spot, simply look up your desired location, and you’ll be able to see the current temperature of the water.


*Typically the more North you go the warmer the water and the more South you go the colder it gets.



The general idea of surf wax application is to build up little “bumps” of wax, which will add to the grip. A smooth layer of wax will not be as sticky as you would imagine – The textured surface you create with these bumps will increase the traction significantly.


Cross hatch or circles?

You can apply the wax in straight lines, or in little circles – it really doesn’t matter as long as you get enough wax on the board and build up the bumps.



Wax left on the car's dash, seat or boot in heat is no fun. That’s why our surf wax comes in a biodegradable container making sure it’s readily available - sand free - and stops the wax from melting.


What’s the difference between hard and soft wax?

Softer waxes will be:

  • Stickier
  • Easier to apply
  • More likely to move or rub away at pressure points on your board

Harder waxes will be:

  • Less sticky
  • Somewhat more difficult to apply
  • More likely to stay in place and not rub off


When is it best to use a Basecoat / Topcoat combination?

When you want to increase the stickiness of your single wax application without sacrificing stability.


How do Basecoat & Topcoat combinations work?

A harder Basecoat formula provides stability under foot with a long-lasting surface texture that can hold the softer Topcoat wax in place and prevent it from moving or rubbing away at strategic points on your surfboard.

Once you have a firm Basecoat, your Topcoat wax can be much softer and stickier than anything you could use without a Basecoat.


What are the unspoken rules for Basecoat / Topcoat combinations?

A Basecoat must be sufficiently hard to remain stable at the current water temperature.

You can use anything you want as a Topcoat as long as it is softer than your Basecoat.