Do You Wax the Bottom of a Skimboard?
Waxing the bottom of your skimboard isn’t essential. You can ignore the step completely if you want, especially if you are a newbie. Focus on learning how to balance yourself well instead.
However, contradictory to what many people believe, waxing the bottom of your skimboard does give you some advantages in terms of speed and agility.
Hydrophobic elements like wax help your board to glide through water and sand a bit better. The advantages may seem unnoticeable to many users, but it’s there.
You don’t need to use dedicated waxes for this purpose. Just a bit of regular, liquid cars wax/speed wax will do the trick. Avoid using surf waxes as they’ll do the opposite of what you want.
How Do You Wax the Bottom of a Skimboard?
- Use a piece of a soft microfiber cloth and wipe the bottom of your skimboard clean
- Don’t use any type of surf waxes, go for car wax, or speed wax
- Take another piece of cloth and place a little wax on top of it
- Now rub the cloth onto the bottom side of your board
- Apply wax to the entire base of the board, including near the rails
- Apply wax for 5-10 minutes throughout the whole bottom area
- When done, take the other piece of cloth (without wax) and rub it all over the surface
- Make sure not to leave any spots. This will give you an even shine
How Do You Wax the Top of a Skimboard?
1. Clean the surface
You don’t need to clean your board if it’s brand-new. For those who wax their boards regularly, you’ll need to scrape the worn waxes before you can apply a new coating.
The job is pretty straightforward. Just take a scraper and scrape off all the old waxes. Leaving your skimboard out in the sun for a bit will soften the wax and make the process easier.
If you don’t have that time or chance, you can also use a hairdryer or cleaning agent. Don’t forget to rinse the board with water after you’re done.
2. Apply the base coat
The purpose of the base coat is to create a beady texture that will help the main coat to attach to your board for longer.
Start making broad strokes and keep rubbing the wax onto your board’s surface until you feel the texture forming. There is no right way to apply wax. Do whatever seems right to you.
3. Apply the top coat
Now you have to apply the top coat. Topcoat waxes are much softer than the base coat. These soft waxes stick to your feet and provide a better grip.
You won’t need to put much pressure while applying the topcoat because it is much softer than the basecoat.
4. Apply temperature rated wax
This is the main coating. The main purpose of waxing your skimboard is to get a comfortable grip on your foot while surfing. Choose the best wax depending on the water temperature.
Cold and cool waxes are softer and built for colder water. They don’t get hard/frozen and provide you with a softer grip. And worm/tropical waxes are harder and don’t get soft by the warm water.
Usually, wormer waxes are for the water temperature from 68F to 78F. Anything above that will need tropical waxes.
On the contrary, cooler waxes are for the water temperature from 58F to 68F. Water below that temperature will need cold wax.
You can use (not recommended) warmer wax in cold water. But never go the other way around.
Choose your preferred wax and apply it just like the basecoat. Don’t forget the places you think you’re gonna need a grip.
5. Reapply when you skimboard
As you keep riding, some of the waxes will eventually wash away. Some will get into your clothes. There is nothing you can do about it. Just apply some more before hitting the waves again.
If you don’t want to do that, that’s okay as well. You can wait till you’ve made a couple of surfing trips or the wax becomes dirty.
What Are the Different Waxing Techniques?
Keep drawing small circles over your board with the wax. This method is popular with many surfers. Circling especially works well with softer waxes.
Draw a diagonal line first. Then go perpendicular to that line. This method is for the harder waxes and needs a bit more force. Draw a skewed checkerboard all over your board.
3. Front to back
Just keep rubbing the wax from the front of the board to the back. You can also rub the waxes in a smaller straight line parallel to the rocker.
There is no “proper” way to wax your skimboard. So get creative, draw whatever pattern comes to your mind. Go a bit overboard if you feel like it. Nobody’s gonna judge.
If you feel little bumps of wax forming on the surface of the board, that means you are doing it right. Keep doing till you are satisfied and have covered all the places you might need a grip.
Where Should You Put Wax on Your Skimboard?
Many surfers prefer to put wax all over their boards. But you can skip the parts where you think you won’t need footing.
Put wax in those areas where you usually stand and balance yourself while surfing.
Wax the front and backside of the board well as most of the time your feet will be there. You can skip the middle part if you want. Not many surfers need a footing there.
Many people also put wax on the bottom side of the board. If you want to do that, we recommend avoiding the above-mentioned surf waxes and using more slippery ones.
How Much Wax Should You Use?
It all comes down to your personal preference. Many people prefer to use traction pads. The pads occupy some spaces on your board. In that case, you’ll need a smaller amount of wax.
But the thing is, even if you think you have applied more than enough wax, there is a good possibility that won’t be enough.
Keep applying wax until you find the perfect amount that works for you.
How Do You Remove the Wax?
- Paper towel and/or newspaper
- Source of heat (sun/hairdryer/warm water)
- Apply a little heat to the board. This will soften the wax and make your job easy
- Once the wax is soft enough, use the scraper in long smooth strokes.
- Collect the old wax into the paper towel/newspaper.
- Keep scraping until you remove all the old waxes.
1. Is applying wax better than traction pads?
Ans. Wax is stickier than traction pads. But they are not better. It comes down to your personal preference whether you want to wax your board, use traction pads, or go for a bit of both.
But if you are a beginner, we will recommend using traction pads because they are easier to control and require less work.
2. Does wax damage the skimboard?
Ans. Not by a long shot. The purpose of waxing your board is to provide you with a better grip and nothing else.
You can avoid waxing altogether if you feel like it. but surfing without any kind of grip can become potentially dangerous as the boards are usually slippery.
One other thing, once you scrape off the wax, your board becomes good as new.