The other day, I thought to myself, Hmm… there’s probably not a book dedicated entirely to surf wax, but why don’t I just check Amazon- WHAT?!? Turns out, there is. I couldn’t find a copy of Surfboard Wax: A History at the NYPL, but my local Jersey library is kindly holding one for me.
Thanks to those of you who weighed in on what type of wax you use. As for the rest of you slackers: the link is still up at the top of the page. If you vote for “other,” digame [por favor] what “other” means. If you have any other thoughts on surf wax, comment away; I’d love to hear what’s going through your head, no matter how weird.
In related news, SURFERmag.com just posted this Q&A with wax collector Casey Mills (apparently, Caseys are interested in surf wax)…
What would you say is the most interesting thing about wax?
One of the most unique things about the surf wax industry is its ability to change with the times in terms of what is used to make the actual wax (i.e. going from petrol and chemical based products of the early day to the present day “green” waxes with less chemicals and more natural ingredients). I also find it interesting that the retail price for a bar of surf wax has virtually remained unchanged over the past 40 years: Anywhere from $.25 to $1.50 (on average). Compare that to the retail price of a surfboard.