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How to use a surfboard wax comb?

Updated: May 12, 2022


Have you just waxed up your first board and not quite sure what to do with the wax comb? A wax comb is a handy tool to have and every surfer should own one.



Limited edition South Coast Kook bamboo surfboard wax comb
Limited edition South Coast Kook bamboo surfboard wax comb


There is two main uses for a wax comb: 1. The straight edge:

To use the sharp edge or straight edge of the comb to completely scrape the wax off. You will want to do this if the wax is completely discoloured, your board has excessive amounts of wax caked on the top or if you a planning to go on a surf trip and the water temperature is very different to where you are currently surfing.

To use the sharp edge, Just apply downward pressure at roughly a 45 degree angle and run the blade down along the deck. A great tip is to do this outside in the sun as this will cause the wax to soften and melt making it easier to remove the old stuff.


Using the Straight edge of a surfboard wax comb
Using the Straight edge of a surfboard wax comb

2. The jagged edge:’

To use the jagged comb edge to rough up the existing wax on your board to give more traction. When the wax appears smooth use downward pressure on the teeth and brush in a cross-hatch pattern up and down your board. This will create little groves in your wax which will create more grip. I usually do this once a month or whenever it is needed. This is great for extending the life of your wax.


Using the Jagged edge of a surfboard wax comb
Using the Jagged edge of a surfboard wax comb





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