For the great riding memories it has given you and the financial investment it represented, your surfboard means everything to you. You cherish it but you kind of mistreat it sometimes. Yet, your board needs to be looked after. We give you here a few tips to make your board last longer by doing the right things after your surf session.
© Florian Gruet
Water and more water for your surf gear
In spite of spending 2 or 3 hours in the waves, you probably ask yourself why your surf equipment still needs water. The answer is simple : it is because of sand.
Indeed, once he/she gets out of the waves, a surfer tends to put his surfboard, that is still wet, on the sand. While you take off your wetsuit and put on your poncho, sand grains have enough time to stick everywhere !
To avoid any scratch on your board, get rid of them by rinsing your board in a shower cubicle or immerse it in salt water (be careful not to put sand on it again 😉).
Also, it will prevent getting sand on your wax next time you go surfing. A bit of a nuisance, right ?
Take this opportunity to rinse all your surf gear like you did with your wetsuit so it does not stink when you will put it on again later. Do not forget your leash ! Remove it from your surfboard and put it in water to get rid of the sand grains stuck in the velcro.
By doing so, you will make your surfboard last a bit longer.
Cleaning and repairing, to make your board look brand new
Unfortunately, water is not enough to maintain your surfboard. You need to take time to deep-clean it and check its general state. By doing so, you will not get any bad surprises in your future sessions.
I dewax my board regularly
Before each surf session, it is necessary to wax your surfboard in order to surf properly and avoid slipping off the board at each take-off. We are pretty happy when we manage to stand still on the board thanks to the surf wax bread.
© Chloé Fayollas
However, once we have to take the wax off the board, we get annoyed by the wax glued on the board. To keep your board in good state, be brave and do not postpone the dewaxing moment.
How to dewax your board ? Explanations…
- Start melting the different layers of wax stuck on your board by exposing it directly to the sun or using a hair-dryer.
- Scrub the melted wax with a wax comb or a plastic card.
- Remove the residues by wiping them off with a cloth soaked with dewaxing product or petrol F to prevent damaging the wax on the board.
Repeat this process on a regular basis, not once in a blue moon. 😉
Repairing your surfboard for the next session
Now that your board is spotless, make sure it does not need any repairs before re-waxing it.
If that is the case, it is time to get your repair kit ! Use a wax kit adapted to you surf gear, either made of epoxy or polyester, to repair cracks or possible shocks in the wax.
Here are our tips for a successful repair :
- Sand the area that needs repair with sandpaper
- Fill in the crack or hole in your board with wax
- Dry up the wax in the sun for at least 10 minutes
- Sand the repaired area so the board can get its initial shape back
If your board is too damaged, run to your usual shaper or to a local specialist. Above all, do not try to repair it yourself as you risk to damage it even more. The best is to turn to an expert.
Protecting your surfboard outside water
Before getting it into the water and leaving the waves, the surfboard is subject to many aggressions : sand, sun, transportation… It is thus essential to protect it, if you wish to keep it in good state.
The sun might be your best ally to get a nice tan but keep in mind that it is your board’s enemy. If too much exposed to the sun, a board can get damaged and get yellowish, or even get deformed.
So, how to avoid that ? Simply by taking the habit to store your surfboard in a safe place. To avoid any shock during transportation, on the beach or even at home, put it inside a board bag or board sock.
That way, it will be protected from the sun, sand and dust. Make sure you also protect your wax from sand by keeping it safe in a wax box. Thus you will prevent your board from getting scratched with wax covered with sand. 😊
Finally, as soon as you get home, store your board in a rack if possible or protect the tail with foam.
You now know almost everything about maintaining a surfboard. What about you ? What is your tip for keeping a board as stunning and resistant as when you first bought it ?