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How To De-Tune Your Snowboard

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We recently met up with Yohann Sheetz, owner of Underground Tuning in Whistler BC, to find out how to de-tune and wax your snowboard. Why? So you get the most out of your ride and increase the longevity of your snowboard! 

Episode 1 of our new mini-series is below, featuring our REHAB snowboard. Yohann knows his shiznit, so listen up and learn people!

Tools Needed:

  • Large File (On the Right)                                               


  • Diamond Stone

Diamond Stone

  • 1 SOFT Gummy Stone (Grey) and 1 ROUGH Gummy Stone (Red)

Gummy Stones

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 riding.

 Cambered baord                              Reverse Cambered board

When de-tuning the Tip and Tail. Always file in ONE direction (this will help your tools last longer). 

When filing, place your elbow on the board, to get yourself into a good position and give you leverage. You then want to push at different angles, so you round the edge, instead of creating a flat one.

When rounding the edge, start 2 inches (2.5cm) 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.

Finger nail testingFinger nail testing

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.

Then 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. 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.

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. 

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Want To See More Tuning Videos?

This is our first video in our Tuning Series. Stay tuned for our next video on How To Wax Your Board and How To Remove Wax From Your Board.

Feel free to leave your comments below on what other tuning videos you would like to see us make. We want to give the people what they want! 

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Jake Adams
Snowboard Addiction 

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  • Lil’ correction: the rougher stone is the Grey one, not the Red one. According to the video.


    mloskot on
  • Nice post about de-tuning the snowboard. Its very much important to learn specially for the people who loves skiing.

    Snowboard Packages on
  • Unusually for Snowboard Addiction they have failed to explain why they recommend de-tuning. I think de-tuning is great for beginners to help prevent catching an edge. But good riders want good edges for general all-mountain riding to cope with hard and icy conditions.

    david on
  • Mmmnn. This conflicts with other information available on the Internet. I was always under the impression that it is important to have good, sharp edges (Except for the de-tuned areas) but this video is saying to take the sharpness off with a gummy stone. I have only ever heard this is the right thing to do for jibbing. So who’s right?. I have to say I feel safer with sharp edges as I think by board is more responsive. Other opinions very welcome.

    Kieran on
  • coming to whistler over Christmas will pop in and see the man


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