Trigger Brothers Point Leo was the first time I saw Fu. They had run out of the super sticky Palmers that I was once so dedicated to. I had no other option but to trust the man behind the counter, make the purchase and rub it in on in thick mounds over my already heavy Palmers job. Reminiscing on Fu, I had no idea whether I liked it or not, but it seemed to do the trick at the time. Trigger Brothers got re stocked with the trusty Palmers and Fu was all but a distant memory until mid 2016.
I was on a mission up the sunny end of Aus and bumped into an old mate who could not stop talking about how good this Fu Wax stuff was. I was half believing his enthusiasm whilst trying to recall my one block encounter from my teens. I was brought out of my daze by my mates 17 year old son who could not stop frothing over how good this wax was. This 17 year old surfs better than you or I ever will. He could be riding a fridge door and still turn that thing in the pocket and then bury the line up with gallons of water from an open face HACK so his opinion of grip and results will no doubt vary from mine. I inspected his paper thin high performance 5'6, the wax job is as light as a feather and grippy as all hell! What was the secret? A super light base coat of Stomp Wax followed by a fairly more tactile layer of Fu, and there you have it! The mate reluctantly parted ways with 2 x Cool Water blocks for me to try when I got back to the colder water / better beer state of Victoria.
The water temp in Vic ranges from 13 - 19 degrees celsius seasonally, with an average of about 16, so I don't really change the wax temp or style of application throughout the year (rightly or wrongly). With that in mind I begun my base coat of Stomp Cold Water on my freshly returned ding free 6'4. The deck is light blue so it should give you a good indicator of how much STOMP / FU I use.
My routine goes something like this
I am up for a discussion on the secret formula of the perfect wax job, leave some comments in the thread below and lets get talking. If you dig my technique then get your Stomp Cold / Fu Cool right HERE and try it for yourself. About half a block of Stomp and a third of Fu was used for on the short board.
- Crack MB.
- Lightly apply Stomp Cool Wax from a couple inches inside rail and then drive to the stringer.
- Repeat step 2 on other side of deck
- Now repeat step 2 but from the top of the board going in the opposite direction as your first angle, which creates a nice cross over. Make sure to do both sides of the deck.
- Crack another MB, repeat step 2, 3 and 4 if you are after a thicker base coat.
- (Before surf) Bring out the FU Wax Cool and apply in an orderly fashion as this shit gets sticky fast!
- Don't freak out about how sticky and tacky your board feels as once you get that first 2 hour session in, the wax will settle and the board should feel super grippy.