wax rash

This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

Skin irritation, generally on the inner thighs, stomach, or chest, brought on by prolonged rubbing against the wax-covered deck of a surfboard. Wax rash is a warm-water affliction, as surfers use trunks rather than wetsuits; "wetsuit rash" is a separate but similar problem. Knee-length surf trunks were introduced not long after World War II to prevent inner-thigh wax rash; the Lycra "rash guard" w...

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