How to make surf wax (The natural way)

sticky bumps surf wax - warm tropical

I will start off by giving you a few disclaimers. Firstly, this recipe has more than likely been touched on in more than a few places. Secondly, it may not be as high quality as a commercial wax. However, we are here either because you don’t care and want to make you own surf wax, or, you don’t want to use a surf wax that has petrochemical byproducts and the such in it, as a few commercial surf wax products do.

It’s actually very simple to make your own surf wax. Since we are only using about 3 ingredients, you can’t really make too many types of surf wax, such as cold water, cool water, warm water, tropical water, etc etc… You get the idea.

Commercial surf wax makers are able to get a plethora of different wax products due to the fact that they use chemical based waxes. This allows them to use a wax that has a certain melting point, for your cold – tropical water temperatures. If you surf in colder water, you want a lower melting point, so that it becomes sticky at a cooler temperature. If you surf in warm or tropical areas, you want your surf wax to have a higher melting point. This is because if your wax melts at too low of a temperature, in the Florida summer sun for example, it will melt right off your board in .2 seconds.

Our surf wax that we are going to be making today combats the melting points by using tree resin for the super sticky factor in cold temperatures. Most beeswax melts at a certain temperature range, and we can’t really tell the honeybee’s that we need a wax that has a lower melting temp.

Let’s get into it.

So here’s what we will need:

  • Beeswax (3.5 parts)
  • Coconut Oil (1 part)
  • Tree Resin (1 part for cold water)

Take those 3 ingredients (or just the beeswax and coconut oil for warm water) and put everything into a double boiler to melt it.

If you do not know what a double boiler is, you basically take a big pot with water in it and put it on the stove. Then you take another smaller pot (that you don’t plan on using again), and put all of your ingredients in it. Put the smaller pot of wax, coconut oil, and resin into the bigger pot of water and boil it.

Once melted, you can pour it into a mold (soap molds work well) or a solo cup. Just something that will make it into a uniform shape once it cools and hardens. Just make sure you can get it out of whatever you put it in.

Once the wax is cooled and hardened (approx. 2-3 hours for a fully hardened bar) you can put it on your board and go surf.

Now, like I stated above earlier, this stuff probably won’t live up to your expectations of your main surf wax. However, this stuff can work decently if you’re in a pinch or just want to get creative. Feel free to experiment as well. You never know, you could create a really awesome new product for the world.

Recap:

  1. Take the ingredients and put them in a double boiler
  2. Melt the wax, coconut oil, and tree resin (if surfing in cold water)
  3. Once melted, pour into a mold
  4. Wait 2-3 hours for it to harden and cool
  5. Take it out of the mold
  6. Wax your surfboard
  7. Go surf!

If you are looking for the ingredients and don’t know where to find them, I will help you out.

For beeswax, you can either go buy a beeswax candle or you can buy bulk at https://www.bulkapothecary.com/product/raw-ingredients/waxes-and-butters/beeswax-white-and-yellow/

For coconut oil, same thing. You can either buy a thing of it at wal-mart or somewhere or you can get it at https://www.bulkapothecary.com/coconut-oil-92-degree/

For tree resin, you can either tap a tree or get it at https://amzn.to/2SeUtrU

When you buy all these products, you will way more than 1 surfboard wax bar. You will be able to make multiple. It’s just something that you will have to decide if you want to put the time into it. For the cost as well, you could probably get commercial surf wax products for the same price or cheaper after it’s all said and done. But if you want to have the experience in making your own surf products, then go for it! It can be fun to surf using things that you created.

Please note, the first two links are NOT affiliate links. They are direct links to Bulk Apothecary. We are in no way affiliated with them, however we do buy things from them from time to time. The third link is our Amazon affiliate link for the pine resin. However, that is the best price we have found thus far. But we do make a small commission off the pine resin.

Thanks for reading! I hope you have learned something cool today that you can use in your surfing life adventure.