We recently met up with Yohann Sheetz, owner of Underground Tuning in Whistler BC, to find out how to de-tune your snowboard. Yohann is going to teach you how to get the most out of your ride and increase the longevity of your snowboard!
For more information about how to tune your board, check out our Board Tuning series we did with Underground Tuning:
- How To Wax Your Snowboard
- How To Remove Wax From Your Snowboard
- How Do I Prevent Rust On My Snowboard Edge
Tools NeededMetal File
Most Essential Tool
Could Do Without, But Still Handy To UseGummy Stone
Can Get By With Just 1. Go With Rougher If You Only Get 1
Removing Rough Edges
When it comes to detuning your board, you always want to detune the Tip and Tail. This is essential for Cambered boards. It's not essential for Reverse Cambered boards but we would still advise you to do it, so you get the most out of your board and increase it's longevity. It only takes a short time anyway and it will improve your boards performance.
When de-tuning your board, start with your Tip and Tail as these are your biggest contact points to the snow. Place your elbow on the board to get yourself into a good position that gives you leverage for filing your edges. You then want to file at different angles so you round the edge, instead of creating a flat one.
Remember To Always File In ONE Direction (This Will Help Your Tools Last Longer).
To round the edge, start 2 inches (5cm) within the effective edge, to smoothen up the tip and tail of the board. By doing this, you remove the rough sharp edges, which is better for the feel of your board under foot, and will also stop tearing your gloves apart every time you go to do a grab.
Softening the Edges
Once you've softened up the Tip & Tail, you want to detune the heel and toe edges of your board. First, using your finger-nail check if the edges feel sharp.If it feels sharp, you want to soften up the edges with a Diamond Stone. Place the board on its side and go along the bottom and side edges with the Diamond Stone to remove the sharp edges.
Rub Your Fingernails Along The Edges To See How Harp Your Edges Are.
If the edges are feeling grabby, use the Gummy Stones to fine tune the edges. Start with the Rough stone first. Then use the Soft stone to fine-tune the edges. Fine tune the edges by using the gummy stone on the bottom edges of the board, and on the side. Alternate between the bottom and side edges until you are happy with the feel.
Tuning Tip: You always want to finish off on the Side edge - This will remove any sharp edges from poking out and ensure that any sharp spots face down.
The Final Step
Once you have finished smoothing the edges, the feeling you're looking for is a sharp and slippery edge. If your edges feel sharp and slippery, you are then ready for the next step, Waxing.
Living Or Visiting Whistler And Want To Get Your Own Board Professionally Tuned?
Pay Yohann a visit at Underground Tuning. Mention Snowboard Addiction and you will get an exclusive 15% discount. Keep that on the down low...
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