No more melting issues in a hot car, dramas with hire care upholstery, headrests, etc. No more nasty nasty on the sleeve of your fave Pharcyde hoodie, no more waxing the underside of the surfboard stacked above or below, referred to in the age of political incorrectness as the ‘Irish’ or ‘Chinese’ wax job.


Bonus points now that you can also confidently leave your board in the car without coming back to a runny pool of wax in the footwell of your passenger seat.


The folks at Van der Waal like to keep things simple and I’ll do you the same courtesy, their design and their concept works


It’ll be interesting to see how the grip lasts over time, but if it continues to perform well, then Van der Waal may have cracked the market for those looking for an alternative to waxing up.


“Hey, can I borrow some wax?”, “Nah, I don’t use it, sorry mate.”


"C’est le premier point important. Des waxs il y en a plein : la Terra Wax, la Sex Wax, la Green Fix, la Matunas, etc etc… Van Der Waal Surf Grip a décidé d’oublier la wax « classique » qui a ses défauts c’est clair : fond au soleil, noirci, s’enlève rapidement, accroche mal, demande de l’entretien comme le bon vieux dewaxage par exemple, etc etc (tout dépend des marques bien sûr, certaines wax sont très correctes, d’autres un peu moins, c’est un autre débat 😉 )."


Chama-se Van der Waal e procura ser a alternativa ao wax. Trata-se de uma clara alternativa antiderrapante ao wax (cera), fácil de instalar e quase sem manutenção. 


O Van der Waal acabou por nascer de uma simples necessidade de Martim. “Ele tinha comprado uma prancha nova e falou-me desta ideia antiga de arranjar uma qualquer coisa que não sujasse a prancha toda com o wax”, revela o parceiro, Afonso. 


Foi numa conversa dentro de água, à espera das ondas, que soube da solução Van Der Waal. A composição do wax tem na sua essência o petróleo. Ora, se pensarmos nesta produção e na quantidade de wax que gastamos ao longo do ano, não é sustentável nem amiga do ambiente. 


En el último año parece que la moda es dejar de usar cera/parafina/wax en la tabla de surf. Hemos visto el regreso de los grips dobles, muy populares a finales de los ochenta, y la aparición de varios productos que llegan para sustituir a la parafina.


Van der Waal, una nueva alternativa para la cera


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