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How To Wax Your Surfboard?

In Surfing on January 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I am on a roll with surf guides, this time one for complete beginners. Again the source of the wisdom is 360guide.info or well…my own head. Things are pretty simple when it comes to waxing but if no one tells you how even the simplest things can lead to disaster:). So how to do it?

Lets pretend we are starting with a clean unwaxed surfboard. These are the steps:

1. Base coat or not? There is a special type of wax called base coat which in meant for that first layer of wax on your unwaxed board. Ii is really hard and resistant. It helps bond the normal wax to your board and it helps create lon lasting wax bumps – this is what you want.

2. Either way base coat wax or not, grab a bar of wax and start rubbing and use the edge not the flat part!

3. How to rub? Make sure it’s nice, even, and that you cover the whole deck without any bald spots. There are 3 ways to do it:

waxing1 waxing2 waxing3

 

Use anyone U want, invent your own… I usually start with first one, then continue to second. By this time the base coat has formed bumps and I can take normal wax and finish it off with third waxing technique.

NOTE: Wax temperatures

There is one base coat wax for all temperatures. Regular waxes come in 4 different types: COLD, COOL, WARM, TROPICAL. Use the right one for the temperature you will be surfing in!

Enjoy!

How To Pack Your Surfboard For Travel?

In Surfing on January 3, 2014 at 8:33 am
Balangan view

Going someplace warm…

It’s cold winter and it’s time to hit the road and visit a place with warm water, warm weather and glassy waves. Hoe to pack your board so that the airline workers don’t smash it? It’s almost impossible to be 100% safe but here is what you can do to protect your surfboard on travel in a best way possible.

NOTE: For more info on different kinds of surfboard bags check this guide: http://360guide.info/surfing/ultimate-surfboard-bag-guide-and-packing-instructions.html

Surfboard Packing Tips

1. Fins – remove them! They are like little levers waiting to be hit from the side and making a mess. If you have glass on fins put a finbox over them.

2. Rail protection – protect your rails. Get a foam tube insulation, cut it in half and duct tape it to the rails.

3. Bubble Wrap – get a sheet of bubble wrap (the one with large bubbles if possible) and wrap your board in it.

4. Board Bag – if you are only taking one board then put it into boardbag and that’s it. If you have a boardbag that is the same size as your surfboard it should just fit in together with all the protection taped to it. They make bags a bit bigger.

If you are taking more boards in a bigger bag then here are a few more tips:

  • if you have room then bubble wrap each board separately, if not wrap them all together but put something between them (towel, one layer of bubble wrap…)
  • put the longest board at the bottom, the shortest one at the top
  • strap the boards inside the bag (most bags have internal straps)
  • fill remaining empty space with wetsuits, towels, clothes… and try to fix them so they dons move inside the bag. Don’t put any hard objects into the bag.

And most importantly – cross your fingers ;)