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Should you wax the bottom of a paddleboard?(Tips and Explaination)

Should you wax the bottom of the paddleboard? The answer is a big no! For those of you who might know, adding wax to the bottom of the paddleboard increases its friction and creates an unnecessary drag which, in order to be evaded, will call for more power and strength on your part. An increase in surface friction automatically means surged tension and less tracking and gliding.

The most crucial part of owning a paddleboard is ensuring that its efficiency and health are preserved even after it has been through a lot of rough and hard journeys. When it comes to maintaining, waxing the paddleboard qualifies as indispensable.

Newbies who aren’t quite sure about the dos and don’ts of maintaining paddleboards, often end up waxing the bottom too thereby, welcoming more trouble for themselves. While most paddleboards are fit for waxing, there are some varieties that you should avoid polishing at all costs and they are namely, yoga boards that have mats on top, PVC inflatable boards, and boards that come with in-built traction pads.

The wax applied on the paddleboard will pull your feet further towards the surface regardless of the pressure you are applying to it. This makes swaying the nose of the paddleboard easier when compared with the efficaciousness of traction in the same situation. To help you understand better, in the section below, we will be noting down the chief advantages of waxing that will abet in extending the lifespan of the paddleboard and make gliding through the water, smoother.

  • Unlike traction pads, that are most likely to peel off with time, the wax will remain intact in its place for long and resultantly, protect the wellbeing of the paddleboard for longer.
  • If you are a beginner and tend to fall off the paddleboard time and again, waxing can turn the odds in your favor. Also, if you have children and pets accompanying you, getting your SUP waxed would be a wise idea to resort to. As we have mentioned in the preceding segment, waxing plays an influential role in magnetizing the rider to the paddleboard thus, reducing his chances of tumbling down every now and then.
  • Additionally, waxing renders the paddleboard with friction across the entire surface of the deck.

All things said we cannot steer away from accepting the verity that shielding the wax on your paddleboard is not as easy as it sounds. Firstly, under no circumstances can you leave the it exposed to the sunlight for long because when you get back on it next, you will find the wax coming out of the surface and sticking to your feet.

Secondly, when the wax starts getting old, it must be removed and replaced. Thirdly, if you aren’t too fond of the stickiness that the wax produces, you might find it a little uncomfortable before getting used to it completely. Lastly, applying a few coats of wax on the SUP can cost you more than obtaining a traction pad.

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