Some friends and customers were kind enough to send us their feedback about Van der Waal. We call them Waalers. Read bellow their testimonials.

Diogo Mota

Really enjoyed. Van Der Waal came up with an excellent idea. I do not always have wax when I go surfing, often the wax loses qualities over time and has disadvantages like getting dirty, clinging to covers, car, etc … I always had the desire to look for something that could replace the wax but nothing was functional. This grip, in addition to make my board look like new, helps me feeling it under my feet, the hexagons have a smooth roughness that the wax does not offer and that makes all the difference to me when I want to press the foot more safely in the manoeuvres. Besides that, it does not disturb anything when I want to correct my feet position on the board. I will rely on this grip on all surf sessions.

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Rodrigo Campos

I’ve never been a big fan of surf wax and this is exactly what I was looking without even knowing. Give me the mobility I need to quickly reposition feet while ridding a wave and the grip needed to keep from slipping. Both in tubes, carves and aerial maneuvers have not failed anything. It has the perfect and balanced texture .

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Pierre Emmanuel

Je recherchais depuis longtemps une alternative plus propre et pratique à la wax, relativement salissante pour le matériel et l’environnement tout en nécessitant de fréquents renouvellements, ne serait-ce qu’à l’inter-saison. Après nettoyage puis installation sur ma planche j’ai été très agréablement surpris de constater que ces hexagones fonctionnent à merveille; Même si cela peut paraître déstabilisant au début je n’ai ressenti aucune différence en terme d’accroche, et l’adaptation a donc été immédiate dès la première session. Vous pouvez ajuster les hexagones exactement comme vous le souhaitez. Pensez juste à bien couvrir la zone de prise des mains au niveau des rails sur votre board. Adieu donc les soucis de wax fondue en été, sans dommages collatéraux sur housse et leash, avec le plaisir de surfer une planche toujours propre. Un vrai régal!

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Jorge Rebelo

I’ve been addicted to surf wax for 25 years. All my life as a surfer I used it and there was no surf session where I did not pass the wax bar on the surf board. When I receive Van Der Waal to test, I wondered if it would work.
The first test I did was on a northeasterly day as the sea had a little storm. I got the impression that it was not bad, but it did not totally convince me.

I realized that the more you surf, the better Van der Waal “grip” function works. At this moment I do not notice absolutely no difference in the way of surfing, since the board is always with an impeccable appearance. The test that totally convinced me was made last Sunday, in the beach of Aguçadoura with waves of 1.5 to 2m and with tubular sections. Van der Waal never failed. It is undoubtedly the best alternative to the wax I have ever tested. Congrats!

João Agostinho

Van der Waal fascinated me from the first minute. Even before testing the product I was enthusiastic with the idea of replacing the traditional wax by a much more environmentally friendly solution.
After many surfing sessions using Van der Waal I think it’s a very good product. It allows full grip. It is easy and comfortable to adjust the position of feet on the board.
In addition to its main function, grip, Van der Waal allows me to keep my surfboard clear of sand and dirt, thus avoiding having to remove and apply new wax frequently.

João Dornellas with Van der Waal
João Dornellas

(Martim’s brother. One of the first testers.)

As a lousy surfer I must admit Van der Waal didn’t improve my surfing skills at all but to be honest it didn’t disprove as well. It worked and it’s still working really well and way better than traditional messy wax. I believe that if those magic hexagons can’t put my 95kg flying like John John nothing will do the trick. 

João Saraiva

Just tried Van der Waal on my summer board. Surfing in the Algarve means many days of warm water and hot weather – and that annoying melting of wax under my feet while surfing, or the proverbial puddle of wax in the car. Now that’s all history, and board looks awesome and the grip is just like wax. Bring on the heat!

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Miguel Banhudo

(Martim’s friend. One of the first testers.)

As a surfer that feels more comfortable with a considerable layer of wax on the surfboard, it’s really amazing to have that same grip without any wax at all!

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Marco Costa

Just came back from a surf session (first time with Van Der Waal under my feet) and I guess I’m already a better surfer cause today I did not fall on any wave!! 🙂 It works perfectly and in the after surf I don’t have to worry with the sticky wax on my car or clothes. Fully recommended!!

Magda Gomes

(Martim’s firend. One of the first testers.)

The night before I got rid of all the  dirty old wax and placed Van der Waal. NeXT morning I got into the water a little anxious: ” will it work? Will I slip?” I paddled out, chose a wave, turned my board to the shore, paddled, stood up and… Rode the wave until the end! Paddled Out again, But This Time with a smile on my face, thinking “it works! It works!” No more gross wax. Ever!

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João Lopes

Thanks van der Waals! Everything went perfect: the delivery, the gluing of the hexagons and the surf on them. All of this under a warm sun and cold water. Bye bye wax!

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