Snowboard Wax - Maintenance

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One or two rail slides or grinding over some rock outcrop should be enough to convince even the Mad Hatter within you to maintain that board.

Snowboard wax is one of a range of maintenance concepts to keep in mind, if you want to maximize your speed, turning ability and overall control.

Despite operating on snow and ice more much of its life (there are environmental "exceptions" where summer time riders board on lava, desert sand or even extruded plastic sheeting), your snowboard's functioning does reflect an underlying tension created by surface friction and the tendency for moving objects to lose energy (Second Law of thermodynamics). Hey, you slow down unless the hill gradient continues or you stop flailing your arms back and forth like a windmill.

Snowboard Wax
What's the cure for a bad and sticky ride? Snowboard wax of course. Similar to the performance issues faced by alpine skiers, boarders must commit to regularly re-surfacing the under surface of your board. You need to look for scratches and surface imperfections which create drag and inferior carving performance. Snowboard wax is designed with varying properties, based on the snow and climatic conditions. For example, slow slushy snow sets up entirely different grooming conditions for your board than does either icy conditions or deep powder. Ask your online sports guy what wax best suits your board and your mountain's conditions.

Wax is one snowboard accessory that you apply après boarding, when you have a spare moment. Get yourself a heat iron so that you can melt the wax and then apply it evenly for a smooth layering from nose to heel.

A necessary snowboard accessory tool to carry with you at all times is a No.2 Philips head screwdriver, such as on a Leatherman or Swiss Army knife tool kit. Your No. 2 screwdriver should be handy in order to re-tighten your snowboard bindings or even your stomp plate, which can work loose due to the vibrations and energy gain associated with accumulated rides throughout the day on the hill. There's nothing worse or makes you feel more lame than to pop out of your binding just as you de-chair at the top of the mountain. Loose binding plus no tightening tool equals a very slow walk and hop down the mountain. Fortunately, most boards are fitted with a leash which is connected to your ankle so that you and your board stay together and don't create a dangerous accident based on a "runaway" high-speed board careening down the mountain.

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