Late last year I finally got gatvol of wax. "Gatvol" is a wonderful Afrikaans expression meaning completely fed up. And fed up I was. Wax sticking to my boardshorts. Wax melting in my boardbag. Having to swap cold water wax for warm water wax when I traveled. Wax obscuring my cool board design. Dirty wax from my booties. That was it. I was done with wax.
So a bit of googling turned up RSPro Hexatraction - and their awesome see-through deck grip and cork traction pads. Soon I was hooked up with some products and was ready to ride waxless. And what a joy it was! You can check out my initial review of Hexatraction here
But as with all new things - does the spark last - or does it fade? So here I am 6 months later to tell you this stuff still rocks as much as it did the day it first went on my board. I am absolutely and truly converted to a wax-free surfing life.
I knew it worked a treat in cool water at my home break, but would it still tick the boxes on a 6 week surf trip in Indo? Yip - happy to report it did just that. I bought some extra grip to sticker up my husbands board as well, and he also loved it. Super grippy, no hassle of having to re-wax after every session (cos the tropics are good at sucking wax off your board in a flash), no messing up your nice boardshorts with sticky wax.
Best of all it didn't even rash your chest up at all - he did a 4 hour bare-chested sesh without any hint of a rash. And for those who love their front grips - the RSPro cork traction is definitely a winner. Specially for a rash-free surf, but also super-light whilst still being super grippy.
Indo's tropical reefs are a tad carniverous, so it's easy to get rail dings on your boards. I'd seen the rail tape that RSPro was selling and decided to try some of that out too. It was a wee bit tricky to apply cos it's hard to keep it tracking straight as you glue it down the rail. But a coupla adjustments here and there and it was good to go. Hubby can be a bit of a crash-test dummy at times (loves riding waves until they end up on dry reef!) and the rail tape definitely protected his board from the usual bumps and dings. Also great for when you transporting your board from surf to beach in the dingy.
Have suggested to RSPro to put a few notches in the rail tape to allow for slight direction adjustments during application, so hopefully they consider that for future editions.
Also hope that they soon come out with a cork back grip, cos that will be just next level. Normal deck grip chows your knees and your wettie, and the cork front deckgrip is so much more forgiving on skin and suits alike, that once they get the back grip out it's game-on.
I'm stoked to report back that the RSPro hexatraction and cork deck grip are both still performing awesomely 6 months later, still as grippy as ever, perfectly stuck to my deck - no hint of peeling off, and still super clean. You really have to seriously consider going waxless, it'll change your surfing life!
Check out your local surf shop for stock (In PE Surf Centre has some in store), or tune Deon Bosman here, the local South African distributor - he can send you some. If you're overseas, then just grab your from the RSPro website.
Trust me - you won't be sorry!