Getting a new snowboard is one of the most satisfying things in the world. It’s also a great way to spend time with your new partner. However, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time riding this new board, you might want to consider investing in a more stable and budget-friendly model.
One of the most important factors you should consider when investing in a new snowboard is maintaining its tip-top shape. Doing so will allow you to maximize your enjoyment of the mountain.
Start Off Strong
Snowboards come with factory wax, which is a type of wax that was applied to the surface of the board before it was made. Although you can ride it immediately with the factory wax, most riders prefer to use hot wax before taking it out on the snow.
Getting a new board waxed is very easy, allowing you to keep it in excellent condition. It will also prevent it from drying out, which is very important for those cat tracks or flat bits.
You will also need a scraper and some wax to get the job done. Although there are various types of irons that are designed for waxing snowboards, make sure that you don’t use them for clothing. The best way to get the job done is with a different type of wax.
Aside from waxing, you might also want to keep your board’s tail, and nose ends in good condition. Some snowboards have sharp metal edges located along the sides of the board, so buffing them out is essential to prevent getting an edge. You will need a diamond stone, a file, and a gummy stone to do this. Most snowboard shops can provide this service if you prefer not to use tools.
Wax On, Wax Off
Getting a new board waxed is not a one-and-done process. It will require regular application of hot wax to keep it in good condition. One of the most important signs that it’s time to get a new board waxed is if the base starts to look white.
Although you can get a hot wax done at a local shop, it’s much cheaper to learn it yourself. Plenty of YouTube videos show how it’s done, so be sure to watch them see how it’s done.
If you’re on a pow day and notice that your board might use a wax, rub a block of wax against the base to get a better feel. Although it’s not as effective as hot wax, it will give you a boost and keep you going throughout the day.
Prevention is Key
If you’re a snowboarder, you know that hard, exposed surfaces are your worst enemy. During the early and late seasons, avoid going out in marginal conditions when the coverage isn’t at its best. Also, be aware of the signs that warn about possible conditions.
Dealing With Gashes
An unexpected run-in with a rock can cause a bit of damage to the surface of your board. If the damage is shallow, you can buff it with a fresh batch of hot wax. If it’s deeper, you might want to get it fixed sooner rather than later. If you want to fix it, you can either go to a local shop or use a P-Tex candle.
If the core shots are deeper, you might want to use more elbow grease. Although it’s possible to fix it yourself, this guide will give you a detailed explanation.
Keep Things Dry
Every day, at the end of your run, be sure to thoroughly clean your board. Doing so will remove any snow stuck to it and keep the metal parts of your board in good condition.
Store with Care
After the season, give your board a solid wipe and dry it thoroughly. After that, you can apply a thick layer of wax to keep it in good condition until the start of the next season.