What is Surf Wax?
Other than a surfboard, 98% of all surfers need Surf Wax, it’s what keeps you gripping to the board and riding the waves at your local break. Applying surf wax to your surfboard will create a sticky layer for you to grip on to, it even helps you paddle better as you can not slide around the board when you're on your belly paddling for the next wave.
How do you know which one to get?
In a nutshell it’s all about water temperature. The colder the water is the softer the wax you’ll require to give the best grip and on the flip side, the warmer the water is the harder the wax will need to be, otherwise it might melt off.

First things first, you’ll need to research your water temperature for where you will be surfing next. A large proportion of the time your local water temp will be very similar to the water temp two hours up or down the road, but if you are lucky enough to be hitting the airways to somewhere warm you might be requiring a mid season change up from your winter hibernation.

www.surf-forecast.com is reasonably accurate for helping you identify what the water temperature is.

A trick for new players, don’t assume that all colours are the same. Some crew associate a particular water temperature with a colour, this can be deceiving if you don’t read the fine print. Always look for the temperature rating.
When to Re-wax?
It is a personal preference as with most things in life, some will do it once a year when they go from cold water in to warmer waters usually Spring time, others are more frequent due to a weight factor and some don’t like it when the wax gets dirty, or as mentioned previously mid season temperature changes like a holiday.
Temperature Breakdown
Base Coat / Tropical: Temp Range 24°C Plus
It’s the hardest stuff in the game, if you are running just this stuff you’ll be in a tropical location, where the sun is shining and there is not a wetsuit in sight. Some brands combo these together and others have separated the two. Neither option is wrong, but can come down to brand preference.

Warm Water: Temp Range 19 - 25
For a lot of us, when the warm wax is whipped out, it means summer is in the air and the days are longer which equals more hours in the day for surfing. Again based on location this can be for a month or many months. The key with this is check the water temperature range for each brand and make sure its going to work for you.
NOTE: Never rub on Warm Water Wax on top of Cool or Cold water Wax. it will melt off during your session and you will develop bare spots which is no fun.

Cool Water: Temp Range 14 - 23
A staple for a lot of people, some use it for a couple of months and others use it for over 50% of the year. Can add a little more tack going in to the warmer months.

Cold Water: Temp Range 14
°C or below
Some of the softest in the range other than some extra sticky premium offerings from some of the brands, used for cold water where the layers of rubber are on and that seal look-a-like competition is in full swing

Need More Tack?
Need that extra sticky stuff to help you elevate to the next level and land that air, well the majority of the wax companies make something to help. It’s added on top of your normal wax job just before you go out and doesn’t necessarily last too long but for the short session it will give you the same grip as a pro. Check out the Add On's page for Mega Johnson and Dream Cream.
Wax Combs
Usually has two distinct sides. One is very jagged and used for reinvigorating your older wax to make it grippier and the other is a beveled flat edge which is used to scrape the old wax off.