Thoughts on Surfing

Stories around surf and the ones who live and breathe the salty air, as we explore the essence of surf culture and the heartbeat of the surf industry. A personal vision, where we share our love for the surf life and unveil the latest trends and innovations shaping the surf industry. If you're in the mood, grab your board and paddle out with us.

Testing Van der Waal grip levels

Why? To be honest, pure curiosity. We know that surf is a very volatile sport. Surfing depends on so many factors - like ocean conditions, surfer form and experience, weather,...

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How to remove surf wax from a surfboard

A lot of customers ask me what is the best way to remove surf wax from their boards before applying our surf traction pads. So, here is a simple step...

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Wave whispers - Mendo de Dornellas a surf photographer and film director

We are really glad to present you our second episode from our brand new podcast, Wave Whispers Mendo de Dornellas is a world-renowned photographer and film director at, known for...

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Wave whispers - Rodrigo Campos, the first tester of Van der Waal surf grips

We are really glad to present you our first episode from our brand new podcast: Wave Whispers Rodrigo Campos is a great surfer from Peniche. Is also a drone pilot,...

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Surfboard traction pad vs wax

It’s a simple question: wax or deck pad? To put it simply, surfboard wax gives you traction from falling off. Also, at first sight, it looks kind of cheap and...

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The Surf wax problem in 2023

Did you know that 13 to 24 million surfboards are sold annually globally?(1) That’s a huge number of surfboards, every year. Let’s say that each one of these surfboards gets...

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How to apply surf traction pad from Van der Waal

Van der Waal surf grips are extremely easy to apply. Unlike common front deck pads that just cover a part of your surfboard, our hexagonal surf traction pads allow you...

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Surviving summer with hexagonal surf grips

Well, summer is here and with summer comes hot weather and we all know what happens to wax when you leave your surfboard at car and go for a beer...

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