One question that is regularly asked by Bodyboarders that are just starting out is – How do I wax my board? To be honest it is a pretty straightforward procedure but is extremely important and needs to be right. No wax means that you will have no traction to the board and will be forever sliding off especially during driving turns and when trying new tricks.
Where to apply the wax to the board is all down to personal preference and will depend on the style of riding you will be undertaking, for example drop knee riders will need to apply a heavier section of wax in the area the lead foot will be going. The type of wax is pretty irrelevant, everyone has his or her own preference, mine being Mr Zogs Dream Cream, but any branded Bodyboard or Surfboard wax will do.
The most important areas to apply the wax is where your hands and elbows will be during your riding, if your hands and elbows can’t grip and stick to the board you cannot efficiently control the board. Don’t forget to apply wax to the underside of the nose where your fingers will grip the board. It is very important that you are able to shift your weight side to side and forward and back on the board so although I would advise some wax to the middle of the board, don’t overdo it.
Boards are like bars of soap when they are new and it normally takes a few sessions to get your wax coat just right. Applying the wax is straightforward enough just, make sure you have chosen a wax that is suited for the temperature of the water you will be using the board in and then rub the wax into the desired areas. It is not necessary to apply the wax in circles as surfers do, you can just drag and push the bar or block in straight lines. Some people advise that before waxing the board for the first time, to wash it in mild soapy water or “key” the board surface up with sand, just to make sure the board surface is ready to accept the wax.
To explain the process further the videos below show Pro Bodyboarders Jared Houston and Kingston Harbottle waxing their boards for both the prone and drop-knee riding styles.
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