How to Make Surf Wax

Surf wax is a substance applied to the surface of a surfboard in order to make it easier for the surfer to grip the board. Sticky wax is essential to staying on your feet while riding difficult waves. Waxes differ in ingredients and consistency depending on the temperature of the water, and come in a wide array of sizes, colors and prices. Although commercial wax is widely available, homemade wax is easy to make and offers the opportunity to tweak your wax to your needs. You can even make it on the beach provided you've got a campfire. Consider the following when learning how to make surf wax.


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    Decide whether you want warm-water wax or cold-water wax.
    • Although the recipes are very similar, you'll need to make separate batches of each. Wax reacts differently in different water temperatures.
    • The first two are rather easy to find in large stores catering to home, bath, or decorating needs. Beeswax should be cheap, while coconut oil can get expensive. Try buying in large quantities to reduce overall cost. Tree resin is harder to buy, but, if you're in a jam, you can always cut into a tree to extract some.
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    Obtain beeswax, coconut oil, and tree resin.
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    Measure out 3 parts beeswax, 1 part coconut oil and 1 part tree resin.
    • The quantity of wax you want to make is up to you. Start off with smaller amounts to make sure your ratios are where you want them.
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    Warm up a large pot over a stove or open flame.
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    Place the beeswax in the pot and melt it, stirring constantly.
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    Stir in the coconut oil slowly.
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    Add the tree resin if making cold water wax.
    • Keep the wax moving throughout. If you let the mixture sit, it might calcify in little chunks or otherwise be hard to use.
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    Stir the mixture for several minutes until very liquid and of one consistency.
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    Pour the melted wax out into paper cups or other containers.
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    Let the wax sit for 2-3 hours until dry and hard.


  • Pouring your melted wax and drying it in several different containers is often easier than depositing it all into one big tub.
  • Try tweaking your ratios of beeswax to coconut oil. Some recipes call for more beeswax, up to 4 parts for every 1 part coconut oil and 1 part tree resin. It all depends on the consistency of homemade wax you want and the waters you'll surf.
  • It's hard to tell where the line is between warm water and cold water. If it seems that your warm-water wax isn't working well, try adding 1/2 part of tree resin. Adjust accordingly for temperature.


  • Be careful when extracting tree resin from a tree not to damage the tree too severely. Resin extraction should be a relatively simple and clean procedure.
  • Don't use other vegetable oils. Coconut oil is the best for sticky wax and it has the upside of making your homemade wax smell pleasant.

Things You'll Need

  • Beeswax
  • Coconut oil
  • Tree resin
  • Pot
  • Stovetop or open flame
  • Paper cups or other containers

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