When Surfing in Hawaii you will either want Tropical Wax or Warm Water Wax, depending on the season.
In the summer on the South Shore there are days where it is hot as can be. On the North Shore in the winter it can get colder. It depends on the currents whether you should be using a warm water top coat.
Because of the shifting water temperatures in Hawaii, I recommend a warm water coat over your base coat. Then do a tropical wax coat if you’re not getting the traction you need.
Going surfing in Hawaii this winter? Get some warm water wax mailed to you.
Going surfing in Hawaii this summer? Get some tropical water wax mailed to you.
What’s the Best Surf Wax for Hawaii?
If the above message didn’t clear it up for you I can elaborate with a quick breakdown of the surfing conditions on the island of O’ahu.
O’ahu basically has four basic sections:
- The Windward Side – This is the east side and it has surf but it’s probably the worst on the island. Mind you, that’s still pretty good. It’s often windy
- The Leeward Side – Essentially the west shore. this place has great surf but it’s also the best place to get beat up.
- Honolulu and Ala Moana – These are the picturesque beaches you see that over look the city and Diamond head. This place has very consistent long boarding and a few great waves all around. It takes off in the Summer.
- The North Shore – This is the world class spot that goes bananas in the winter. Some of the best surfing in the world in my humble opinion
But what’s the best surf wax for Hawaii?
Ok all three of these places will fluctuate between having optimal conditions for warm water wax and tropical water wax.
Instructions for being prepared for anything in regards to the best surf wax for Hawaii:
- Put down a thin base coat. Base coats are important for optimal wax layers
- Add a thin layer of cold water wax to the base coat.
- Travel to Hawaii
- Feel the water ->
- If you need a wetsuit top -> Go for the warm water wax
- If you’re stoked on the board-shorts -> Go for the tropical water wax (I like the coconut)