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surf wax


Paraffin-based compound rubbed on the deck of a surfboard to provide foot traction, used by virtually all surfers worldwide since the 1940s. Surf wax is for the most part sold in three-ounce bars wrapped in thin clear plastic or cardboard and is usually applied before each surf session.

In the first few decades of the 20th century, surfers often coated their boards with a thin layer of sand-infused varnish, which did wonders for traction, but also did damage to knees, chest, feet, inner arms...