What is Sex Wax and how should you use it on your Surfboard
Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax is the undisputed best brand of wax that is made specially to be used on surfboards. It was formulated by Frederick Charles Herzog the Third and chemist Nate Skinner, Its original packaging included an original logo by Hank Pitcher, who also gave the brand its unique name. Located in Carpinteria, California, Mr. Zog has been manufacturing its high-quality product since 1972, gaining a massive following and a legend-level countercultural status in the process. Not only that, but its star product is widely considered to have the best quality in the market, providing the most traction between the surfer’s feet and the surfboard.
There are four different types of Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax, all of them interestingly named: Original Sex Wax, Really Tacky, Quick Humps and Navel Wax (body-boarding wax). Each of them comes in an assortment of delicious fragrances that makes their application a true pleasure for the senses. At the same time, all the different types of Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax are available in different formulations designed for optimal performance in different water temperatures. Unlike many other surf waxes, Sex Wax is also an environmentally sound product that is biodegradable, organic and non-toxic. Made from a combination of paraffin and soy wax, Sex Wax aims at reducing negative environmental impact to the bare minimum without sacrificing quality.
Although surf wax is of great importance for good surfing, many people do not know how to apply it correctly to their surf boards. The first thing that you need to take into account is cleanliness. Surfboards are usually made out of foam that’s later wrapped in fiberglass and resin. This produces a smooth and sleek surface that needs to be waxed for traction to exist between it and the surfer’s feet. Because the wax needs to adhere as seamlessly as possible, it’s highly important that the surface is completely clean before applying the product. Any type of debris adhered to it will prevent the wax to adhere properly to the surface. If you have waxed your surf board before, you will also need to remove any traces of old wax from it, leaving its surface clean and smooth.
In order get old wax off the board, it’s best to soften it before trying to remove it. This can be done by heating it up slightly. This can be achieved by using mineral spirits and leaving the board under the sun for some time. Once the old wax has softened, you can use a wax comb or any other similarly shaped material to remove it. Be sure to also remove any traces of wax off of the rails by using the curved side of the wax comb carefully but vigorously. Keep working on it until the board looks perfectly glossy, as that is the sign that all the wax has been removed.
The actual application of the new wax can be done in different ways. You can do it in circles, lines or any other patterns. Most professional surfers, however, apply the wax in small circles all throughout the board. Whatever way it’s done, the most important thing is to make sure that the spots where your feet will be on the board are thoroughly covered. Be patient, making sure every spot ends up with a nice and thick layer of wax that will help your feet remain in place during surfing. Also, be sure to remember to re-apply wax as often as before each surfing session. If you are planning on surfing in cold water, it is usually a very good idea to apply basecoat wax over the surface before applying Sex Wax.