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Surf wax types. Choose your type!

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“The right wax will help you stick to your surfboard.” – surffanatic
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Now that you know what wax is, you have to understand how to choose the perfect surf wax type for you. I mean it! You can get any wax you can find, but it’s not for sure that will work. It all depends when and where you surf.

How to choose your surf wax type?

When choosing the right type of surf wax, the main factor is the water temperature. Cold water makes wax hard and useless when it comes to stickiness, warm water just melts it off the board. That is why we’ll explain below when to apply the correct type of wax for you.

Tropical Wax – hardest type amongst the surf wax types.

When and where to use: warm waters including waters above 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 degrees Celsius.

Warm wax – hard but not the hardest wax

When and where to use: in water temperatures ranging from 63 to 78 degrees / 17-25 degrees Celsius.

Cool wax – soft but not the softest wax

When and where to use: to be used in water temperatures from 54 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit (12-20 degrees Celsius).

Cold wax – the softest wax

When and where to use: to be used in water temperatures from 54 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit (12-20 degrees Celsius).

Wrap up

From here you have it quite easy on which one is your surf wax type! Check the water temperature of the surf spot your heading to next and based on that, pick the right surf wax for you!