When I see a slapdash wax job it makes my skin crawl. It says all the wrong things about a surfer. It says I don’t care its just wax but no it’s not it’s more than just wax. Wax should be applied with passion, care, excitement and precision. It’s your traction, your connection.
We’ve all seen the bad jobs, big splurges of wax here and there, no underlying form or pattern to the job. Looks something like seagull poop randomly smeared on a board. Then there is the seasoned surfers perpetual wax coating, never once been cleaned off and is pure brown and salty as. Then there are the guys who are so confident there feet will be on the board every time there is only need to wax an exact foot sized rectangle for their front. I have never understood these guys, what if you got a bump on takeoff or you needed to trim for a barrel surely in those moments you are dicing with a slippery and painful board to the nuts moment. And the last and most horrid kind of a wax job is some fluro coloured wax… i mean please wtf kids!
There is nothing like the feeling of waxing a new stick, even scraping old wax is a beautiful journey of discovery, seeing in all those new pressure dings - the joy.
The perfect wax job is something to cherish. All those thousands of tiny waxy nipples all there for your pleasure. It’s all in the application and just like a good woman it can’t be rushed. Care and attention to detail must be observed all the way through the job. For me it starts with the underlying cross hatch. Applied with passion and precision, 45 degrees to the stringer one way then back the other way, never mind the lactic acid build up even stripes are a must. Regular rotation of the edge to keep the stripes even and true. Next its to the edge once more dragged gently over the stripes to get the little goose bumps going then the flat wax block in the palm of the wand circling building the bumps pass by pass.
Sometimes when I have done a good wax job I swear I’ve seen the face of Jerry Lopez in there.
Think long and hard before you next wax.