Surf wax is what makes your feet stay on top of your surfboard. The quality of the wax you use on your surfboard can determine how long you can stand on your board without slipping.
Waxing your board on the beach is a good idea before spending time in the water. After a while, you may need to reapply the wax. Using the proper waxing technique in addition to a proper base coat will help the wax remain tacky to the board.
For best results, wax your clean surfboard in a criss-cross pattern. To do this, you need to apply the wax in a diagonal direction and then after about eight or 10 strokes, switch and apply the wax in the opposite diagonal direction. The criss-cross pattern will create a solid base for the next wax application.
You may want to use circular motions to re-wax your criss-cross design to ensure complete coverage of the wax. This will keep your board in the water for the first hour at a minimum. The criss-cross and circular application can eventually eliminate prolonged activity, so wax on your person before paddling to surf.
When you notice that the grip becomes slippery or less tactile, simply re-wax your windsurfing board in the water. Do not repeat the criss-cross technique if you want to apply it again. It is better to make large circles with the wax on your board. This method will last until the end of your session.
Learn about the different types of surf wax that work in different water temperatures. You should have surf wax that suits the water conditions you are surfing in. Don’t forget to put a thick layer of wax on your board every time you go surfing while you learn.