Want To Know The Wax Hack Kelly Slater Taught Tom Carroll?
Might as well hear TC’s take on the CI Twin Pin while you’re here.
Here’s a nice relatable concept that we can get behind.
It’s rare that a surfboard company admits that professional surfers developing bespoke models to their specifications, then selling them on to the public might not necessarily be the most realistic way to get punters on boards that are going to give them max pleasure. Especially when the promo clip is filmed at a world class wave like, say, J-Bay. But that’s the premise behind CI’s series What’s Going On.
For this episode it’s the Twin Pin that’s under the microscope, and the man wearing the white coat is none other than the 2X World Champion, Thomas Victor Carrol. If you think about it, who could possibly be better to give feedback than someone who’s lived through singles, twins and thrusters (quads) in real time, and whose surfing in their refined age is the essence of perfect surfing fundamentals?
So who better to challenge the stigma attached to twin fins (they don’t go in junk or on your backhand) and pin tails (they don’t go in junk).
The answer to, “Can Tom Carrol make a Twin Pin go on his backhand, in a stereotypical Sydney summer rip bowl?” Is evidently, “Yes.” But it’s fascinating to hear him give instant feedback none the less.
As for the little wax hack hinted at in the title, here it is in full (your author having watched TC give a demonstration on a seperate occasion). If you’re got a new craft and want to enter the water in record time, the best way to get wax on that skiddy deck is to break out a block of Sex Wax (other waxes are available) and go straight to your craft in tiny circles, which you apply through constant rotation and by pressing quite hard. It actually works pretty well, and holds up pretty good as a base coat moving forward.
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