Oneballjay began as an experimental surf wax project in 1982-83 when Jay Rota and Matt Cummins were introduced to surfing by Mike Olson and Peter Saari of Gnu Snowboards. During the summer, skateboarding was their main focus and surfing proved to be a fresh alternative. In the midst of surfing and driving to the beach, they decided to try making their own surf wax. Their first concoctions of surfing wax were terrible. The wax was dubbed "sap wax" because it contained mineral oil, bees wax and tree sap.