Wetsuits, wax, traction, leashes, sunscreen. Learn all about the surfy things that aren’t boards or fins.
Surf Equipment FAQs
If you’ve got a truck or an SUV, you’ll probably be able to fit any type of board in your car. Most sedans can squeeze an 8′-9′ board inside if your able to adjust the seats and get a little creative. Otherwise, some soft racks for your roof are the easiest solution.
Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax is a brand of surfboard wax. The name was meant to be attention grabbing and absurd, and a parody of the “sex sells” trope.
You put wax on the top, or the deck, of your surfboard. The wax adds traction so you don’t slip off.
Surf wax is formulated based on the temperature of the water you’ll be surfing in. You should use the wax that corresponds to the water temp. Harder waxes are for warmer water, softer waxes are for colder water.
You should remove your wax once it starts to get nasty, flake off, or build up too thick of a layer.
Get a wetsuit! If it’s extra chilly, up the thickness of your suit and get some wetsuit add-ons like booties, gloves, and a hood.
The ideal wetsuit is going to keep you warm and comfortable and allow for the maximum range of motion. The thicker the wetsuit, the more restrictive your movements will be. Get a suit that’s best suited for the water and air temperatures you’ll surf in.
Your leash should be roughly the same size or about a foot longer than the board you’ll be using it with. Use a leash with an ankle cuff for most boards, use a leash with an upper calf/thigh cuff for longboards that you want to cross-step.