I think we waste wax. I mean, if you are smart you’ll cut it up into smaller pieces. Half the time I break a bar in half, wax my board, and have a three fourths left over. If I do it on the sand then I have to get rid of the extra, so I find a convenient place where I know other surfers can find it, like at Beacons on top of the last fence post, or on a stair post at Swamis (did I say Swamis?).
At Al Merrick’s Shop they have wax poured into ice trays, so you only buy a small amount.
What the heck am I talking about?
Once upon a time I thought I had a great idea for wax so I went to Wax Research in San Marcos (I don’t know if they are still there). I wanted to go into the wax business and was going to see if they contract. They did, and at the time they told me it would be 27 cents per bar, including the shrinkwrap, and I would have to provide the labels which would cost, at best, a few cents each. So I was looking at 30 cents a bar. At the time (early nineties) I was buying my wax for about 20 cents per bar at Encinitas Surfboards, and it was about 45 cents everywhere else.
Of course, if I wanted to go into the business I would also have to buy boxes and somehow distribute my product, so the people at Wax Research told me, “Look, only a manufacturer is going to make a profit off wax and not a retailer or someone like you who contracts through a manufacturer.” “If you want to make money,” they told me, “You have to sell T-Shirts and stuff, like Bubble Gum.” (Remember them?).
So, I kind of gave up the wax idea.
So what was my BIG idea?
I thought it would be cool to have surfwax in the shape of each state. A Golden State Wax Company, a Sunshine State Wax Company, and an Aloha State Wax Company, all under the parent company of Interstate Wax Company.
Lame idea, eh?