Grip is all that matter when you’re taking off on fast, steep wave. If your feet get slippery, you’ll experience hilarious wipeouts.
Wax was first tested over a surfboard by Los Angeles surfer Alfred Gallant Jr., back in 1935. The formula was improved further and nowadays commercial surf wax is widely available in different colors and smells.
In the mean time however, why not try your custom-made wax? You’ll certainly impress your surfing friends and may even start a new business.
Actually, you can even design a cold water wax or warm water wax. It’s up to you to choose. So what do you need to produce homemade wax? Buy beeswax and coconut oil or any fragrant oil. You’ll only have to add tree resin (sap) if you opt for producing cold water wax.
For tree resin, you can cut a small area of a pine tree, and collect the liquid with small plastic cup. Don’t worry, you’re not hurting the tree.
Then, place three and a half parts of beeswax, one part of coconut oil, and one part of tree resin (optional) in a large cook pot. Heat it gently in a double boiler, while keeping the mixture moving.
After stirring the mixture and liquifying your ingredients, pour the melted formula out into paper/plastic cups or other disposable containers. Remember that molds like small Tupperware will work just like a classic surfboard wax.
Finally, let the wax rest for three hours until dry. Label it with a brand and logo, and test in the water. It’s the best organic surf wax you’ll ever get. Smelly and sticky, without petrochemicals.
The Organic Surf Wax Recipe:
3.5 parts of Beeswax
1 part of Coconut Oil or Fragrant Oil
1 part of Tree Resin / Sap (for cold water wax only)