It’s been so hot here in Central Florida, we’re probably going to get whacked with a hurricane once the Saharan dust storms settle down. A lot of meteorological happenins’. Yikes. Before I learned to surf, I thought surfers were hurriedly cleaning their boards on the beach before going out in the hurricane swell. Now I giggle when I think about wax as “Hurricane Soap” for your surfboard.
I’ve been told my mind only gets worse from here. Boo.
Even my “Tropical” surf wax has been melting off my board onto my arm while I’m in the water, it’s just that stinking hot. The air is about 95ish degrees F, and the water is around 88 degrees F, which is extremely warm, almost uncomfortable.
I lent my 6’10” to a friend for a while, so I’m riding my 7’6″ Town & Country Stu Sharpe fun shape. I love this board, not just because it was my first board, but it’s really fun on the right day. Luckily for me, we’ve had some fun waves this week, so I’ve been taking it out. The down side is that it has a pretty purple paint job with a gloss coat, which doesn’t help wax stay on the board very well when surfing the gates of hell. D’oh.
I thought back to my old post three years ago when I made my own wax. I remembered the beeswax being SUPER hard- much harder than even the “Tropical” store bought wax. I laid out all of the store bought wax I had on hand, from the “Cool” water (softest) to the “Tropical” (hardest). I had also heard a rumor that this DayGlo color wax is supposed to hold up to the Sun, so I was curious.
Like I said in the last post about wax, beeswax isn’t the cheapest thing in the world, so I figured I’d use a half-and-half recipe, so I’d have the benefits of the hardness of the beeswax, with some of the spreadability of the storebought wax. Like butter and margarine. But don’t eat it, or you’ll start grunting people off of waves and doing Florida hops on choppy mush. It’s a curse.
All of the wax measured out
- 1 Bar of Tropical Sticky Bumps Wax (they only make soy-based now, so it’s a bit softer than previous incarnations, IMHO)
- Around 88 grams pure beeswax
- Approximately 5 grams Day-Glo Sticky Bumps Wax (I only had it in warm, which is the only type available around here).
I have a dedicated double burner just for doing crafts with wax- DON’T reuse one you will eat from! It is very difficult to get wax residue off of everything, so, be a little anal retentive on this. Mine came from IKEA for $6, and if you can find one at your local thrift store, that’s ideal. I also keep an old knife to chop up the beeswax with, and I have some old wood chopsticks to stir with in my crafting kit. Just make sure not to get wax in your main pot of water under the double boiler- ONLY wax goes in the double boiler, NO water! The double boiler will rest just over the pot of boiling water. The smaller you can chop your wax up, the faster it will melt- the storebought stuff will melt faster than the beeswax.
Be patient and watch the process- I had some chunkage going, so I had to wait at least 15 minutes until most of the big beeswax chunks had started to shrink. I kept poking and stirring the wax mix with the wood chopstick the whole time. Melted wax can help speed up the heating of unheated chunks. It’s like making a fondue, just keep the crackers far away so you won’t get tempted.
Once all the wax has completely melted, and you’ve stirred the wax enough to homogenize the mixture, you can start pouring it into molds. Make sure you have enough extra molds available- you don’t want to throw out any overage. I used some more cheap IKEA silicone flexible ice cube trays like last time, this time I had starfish too!
Let the wax sit in the molds undisturbed for at least 45 minutes to allow them to set up and cool down. Don’t toss them in the freezer- I did that a long time ago, and it can create voids.
So, these aren’t huge bars of wax, but since beeswax is pricey, maybe I’ll try this as my daily topcoat for a while, since I just put a nice base coat on the 7’6″ just last week. On a side note, if you’ve got kids who like to eat glue, they’ll love these, so keep them away from the children, mmmkay?
So here’s a look at the nose before and after waxing with the new wax. I really liked how it went on in the afternoon heat and the bumps built up really well.
The little bit of the neon yellow I added of the DayGlo wax barely made a dent in the color, so they’re a very light butter yellow, probably because of the beeswax more than the DayGlo coloring.
Maybe this year’s September Surf Expo theme will focus on the declining bee colony population, and how it will impact John John Florence’s shred-gnar ratio because the water’s too warm, and the wax has become too slippery to land triple nipple Ollie rail grabs, and the wax industry’s sold out, man. Deep.
What the hell do I know? Alls I know is a just need some tasty waves, and a few nugs of some decent wax, brah.