Tuesday, November 26, 2013

December Is Looking White

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. I know we still have thanksgiving to look forward to but I just can't help myself. And according to, I just might get what I'm after. Snow is in the forecast for early December so, if you haven't already, get you gear dialed so you can be ready to shred when that sweet white powder starts falling from the sky. If you are new to the sport, here are a few tips to keep your board in tip top shape--

1. Always Keep Your Board Waxed. 
     The base of your snowboard is made up of a plastic material called P-tex. It's a naturally porous material (especially sintered bases) , and waxing it fills those pores with moisture, making your board faster. You can never have too much wax. I like to wax my board at least every few weeks, sometimes more. 

2. Keep Your Edges Clean
    When your edges are rough, they add unwanted friction when carving. It's pretty easy to keep them clean and smooth using a small file, or an edge stone. For larger burs, having your edges tuned by a pro can be helpful. 

3. Fix Gouges and Core Shots
    Everyone bumps into a rock at some point or another. When you do, it's important to repair the base of your board, especially if any of the wood core is exposed. If you leave a core shot open, your wood core will soak up water and eventually break. Its pretty easy and inexpensive to use a P-tex drip candle to fill in deep gashes in your base. If the gash is up against the edge of your board, it's smart to take the board to a pro. If your board has a lot of small gouges and scrapes, take it to your local shop for a base-grind and give your board fresh start.  

 If you're not into waxing and tuning  your own stick, bring it in to MiloSport in Orem for a full tune-up by Ty the gear guru. After all, there's nothing worse than a sticky snowboard.

above: Ty the tuning guy doing what he does

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