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History of Surfboard Wax Featured at HB International Surfing Museum

Published on: July 01, 2012

Photo: History of Surfboard Wax exhibit at Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, call 714-960-3483 or surfingmuseum.org.  Wax on brothers and sisters!

By C. MacDonald

Huntington Beach, CA–I could “wax on” for hours about how important it is for surfers to have traction on their boards so they don’t slip but there’s a cooler way to find out about the unbelievable world of surfboard wax–visit the new “History of Surfboard Wax” exhibit at the groovy HB International Surfing Museum, 411 Olive Ave.

There are more than 1,000 examples of surfboard wax and lore, including original waxes in their colorful and fun-named packages–“Sticky Fingers,” “Honey Wax,” “the Big Bar,” “Sex Wax,” and many off-color names and sexy photos that you’ll have to see to believe. Even the shapes are different, i.e., Long Ryder’s Surfwax is cleverly shaped like a surfboard. Read the full story!

  • Surfboards with pretty scenes actually painted with wa
  • World’s Largest Bar of Surf Wax weighing over 100 pounds.
  • Gift store sells waxes
  • Special wax honoring the International Surfing Museum’s 25th Anniversary
  • Surf wax companies seen through photos
  • Samples of how wax was made
  • Popular wax scents– coconut, root beer and bubble gum and the least popular, pumpkin, pine and banana

Photo: Jeff Marsh, Surfing Museum membership director, with bar of wax from new exhibit.

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