Surf wax has come a very long way from the 1930s floor wax that is the first known surfboard wax. Today’s surf waxes are made for traction and to keep you on the board from the drop to the barrel. When deciding on the waxes for your project, Koster Keunen offers a portfolio of waxes to achieve what you need, from reducing your ecological footprint with natural options to cost effective traditional waxes for a simple and stable surf wax.
Change is constant when you are a surfer. This overriding truth is what keeps surfers coming back for the next great wave. Waves may be similar, but they never perfectly repeat, and water conditions continually place new and changing demands on surfers and on the wax that keeps them on top of their boards. Surf waxes have to meet the dual requirements of creating both texture and grip. A base wax forms the textural surface and creates a bed for the top wax to adhere. Together, they provide grip and traction for the rider’s feet on their board.
Clean Wax for Clean Waves
Water temperature is the big determiner for surf wax composition. In colder water, the challenge is to remain grippy and not too hard, while warm water tends to melt off wax that is too soft. Hitting the sweet spot for today’s surfers, however, is increasingly a matter of not only finding the right adhesive qualities, but also of meeting their ecological preferences. Surfers see firsthand the impact of pollution on marine ecology, and surfers are growing more active in their support of lower impact products, from eco-friendly surfboards to reduced plastic use.
As awareness of how our chemical choices impact reef and beach environments, surfers and swimmers alike are considering the composition of sunscreen and taking a closer look at the components of their board wax to reduce or eliminate using petrochemicals. As the number of brands offering surf waxes with more natural ingredients grows, more surfers are also conscious of whether their purchases are truly earning their eco cred.