Snowboarders often put wax on the bottom of their boards to help protect it and give it a faster, smoother ride. Skateboarders often apply wax to curbs and rails to help their boards slide better on them. Wax is used on a skimboard for just the opposite reason. It’s to stop your feet from sliding around on the board.
How often do you wax a skimboard?
As a general rule you should re-wax your skimboard every 3-6 months with the changing water temperatures. If the wax clumps become too lumpy under your feet (1/2-1/2 inch), if the wax melts and resets, turns yellow or fills up with sand then it’s also time to re-wax your skimboard.
Can you wax a skimboard with a candle?
It’s not recommended to use candle wax on a skimboard, it’s much too hard and is slipperier than commonly available surf wax. Old surfers used to use candle wax on their boards before surf wax was readily available and they had to rub sand into the wax the create grip.
How do you care for a skimboard?
Never leave the board in a hot, enclosed vehicle or prolonged exposure to extreme heat source. When you’re not riding keep your board in a skimboard bag, in the shade, or under a towel. Any dings, cracks, or damages to the fiberglass must be repaired immediately with polyester resin and fiberglass.
How do you make a skimboard go faster?
Applying speedwax to the bottom of your skimboard will allow it to travel faster and farther over wet and dry sand and water. However, the benefit is very minor so most skimboarders opt to use no speed wax on the bottom of their boards. One area where speed wax clearly does increase speed is on dry sand.