Wax is such a personal thing. I know guys who spend two hours, under cool flouresent lights, with multiple hardnesses of wax, to get the bumps perfect. I loaned a board to Laird once, and he must have spent less than thirty seconds putting wax on - just a single thin zig-zag down the middle of the board. I’ve been seeing more and more old school longboards with fancy graphics within their waxjobs - like floral patterns.
When I’m in Nor Cal I spend a little more time on wax than when I’m in Hawaii. The cool weather allows the wax to stay put longer. When I’m waxing a bare board, I start by lightly going over the whole deck, just to get some wax on. Then I go over again to get some buildup. I do a third - circular - pass to get the texture just right. If my board is already sporting wax, I’ll do a light waxing over critical or worn areas. If the board has a lot of wax, but it’s not bumpy, I’ll use the comb to rough it up. I do diagonal passes - nose to tail, one way, then the other. I end up with tiny diamond shaped bumps that work really well.
In warm water, I just try to get some wax on. It’s not worth making the wax perfect since it just comes off in the heat anyway.
For a couple years my main boards were Hydro Epics with black carbon decks. Try keeping a fancy wax job on one of those in Hawaii. I had to wax those boards in the water to keep the wax from melting off.
TSJ did a great article on waxing your board a couple years ago. They likened the proccess to a religious experience. Meditating with petro-chemicals.
What gets me is how after over fifty years nothing has come out to effectively replace wax. It’s messy. It comes off. It adds weight. It distorts your beautiful graphics. It collects sand and other stuff. Still it works better than anything else so far.
I use Sex Wax, Mrs Palmers, and Sticky Bumps. Sex Wax as a base or only wax. Palmers and SB as topcoat. I tried some “Sticky Gum” in Costa Rica that was horrible. It had the consistancy of chewed bubble gum. I got about six square inches on my board, said something like “yuk”, then threw away the four bars I just bought.
I’d like to try some of Roy’s beeswax, but I’m not sure I surf fast enough.