We’re getting into the heart of the snowboarding season in my part of the world, so this is a friendly reminder that it may be time to tune your snowboard!
By now your edges are probably dulled up and maybe (but hopefully not) getting a little rust on them even. The base of your board may also look like your dry skin in the winter just begging for some moisturizer to make it feel all better. You could also have a big gouge in the base that you need to take care of to make sure you can ride in optimal conditions.
We’ll go over the different parts of tuning your board so you can take care of your baby and get back out there to ride another day!
If you rub your fingernail on the side or bottom of the edge and you do not have nail residue left on either part of the edge, it’s time to sharpen her up!
I wrote a previous post about how to edge up your board so you can check that out by clicking, here!
You want to make sure and sharpen your edges so that when you do run your fingernail over the edges, it does leave some residue of your nail on it. Or you can take a black marker as described in my earlier post and cover your edge with it. Once it’s all gone, you should be good to go!
The best way, in my opinion, to get a good sharp edge is to use an edge guide tool with your sharpening stone. They are super cheap and will keep your hand steady when pushing the sharpening stone across your edge. They are also crazy easy to use.
Next, if you have any scratches or gouges in your board, you will want to fix those with some Ptex. Check out my how to Ptex post, here!
Keep in mind that Ptex is used for those narrow and not too deep scratches that happen in the trees looking for that all elusive powder.
If you find yourself with one of those types of scratches, go nuts on your own using the Ptex. You can fix scratches and small gashes with it, for sure!
If you are like me and ended up going over a boulder (not realizing it was a boulder) and landing hard on some fallen trees and other rocks and end up with a bigger gash in your board, you may need to consult the professional board shops to get that repaired.
Don’t worry though, they’ll get you back at it in no time!
Now to the real fun stuff! Waxing!! I have a how to wax in another post, so check that out!
But for those that I will lose by sending you to another post, here’s the gist.
1. Clean the board with paper towels and citrus spray.
2. Heat the wax using a waxing iron to drip drops of wax on the base.
3. Use iron to spread the wax evenly on the base.
4. When the top of the board is warm to the touch, you’re good. Wait till it cools.
5. Take your scraper and scrape your heart out until there is no more wax coming off the base when you apply the scraper to it.
6. Wipe it down again, and you’re good to go! Congratulations, you just waxed your board!
I have recently learned more about (and maybe changed my previous position on) cold wax that you can carry with you when you are riding for those quick wax jobs you need to do on the hill. I think I’m for ’em now!
I’m not sure I was ever really against them…I just thought hot waxing is better. It still is in my opinion, but it’s not a bad idea to have some carry along all weather wax you can apply at the top of the hill before sending it down the mountain.
If all else fails, duck tape it…or take it to a shop!
Sort of kidding here…duck tape will not keep an edge together if its started to split apart. It also won’t cover up a hole or large gash and keep you gliding down the hill on the snow. You’ll feel your board not working with you and that my friends is the worst feeling in the world.
There’s no shame in needing professional help, either.
I once had a huge gash on the base of my board. It got so bad that it slowed me almost to a stop and kept pulling my board in a direction I didn’t want to go.
When this happens, you have a couple options.
Option 1 – Take it to a local board shop and see if they can repair it. Most of the time they can, but it will come at a cost. If that cost is too high, check around with other shops to confirm that is a good price to fix it. I once had a shop tell me it would cost $200 to fix that gouge in my board
Option 2 – Start shopping! Either find a used board on Craigslist or other online used shop, an actual used sporting good shop, or just bite the bullet and buy that brand spanking new board you’ve had your eye on! All options will work when getting a new board.
Get back out there!
Hit the hill! Your gear is all good to go and so are you! You’ve tuned it up and now when you go back out there, you will feel like you are riding a new board…or at least almost new:)
It feels so good to know your edges are sharp and will not give out on you and you’ll feel the difference a good wax make in your life. So don’t put it off! It’s time to tune your snowboard so you can keep shredding to your hearts content!
As always, please leave any comments, questions, or thoughts below and I’ll get back to you! Until then, I’ll see you out on the mountain!
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