How to Sharpen a Snowboard With a Pocket Edger

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Sharpening a snowboard requires little more than a pocket edger and the right technique. Find out how to sharpen a snowboard with a pocket edger with help from a snowboarding professional in this free video clip.

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Hey, this is Aaron at Eastern Boarder, and today we're going to be talking about how to sharpen your board at home using a pocket edger. So, the first thing you're going to have to determine is whether or not your edges need to be sharpened and there's two ways of doing this. The most obvious is visual. You want to take a look at them and you know, take a look and see if you can notice any damage on them or if you have any burs that are sticking out, very lightly and carefully you can kind of touch them with your finger and if you feel rough patches or you know, just kind of a non-smooth feeling, when you kind of lightly run your hand down them then you want to get your pocket edger out and sharpen them up. So once you've determined that your edges need to be sharpened, you are going to take out your pocket edger and it may look something like this right here and the only thing you really need to know about these is that the file goes in one direction and some of them will have a little arrow on the side of the file, some of them you will be able to look at the file and visually see that the lines on the file are diagonal. Either case when you first put your edger on the side edge of the board, you'll feel resistance one way and not the other. So you want to push in the way that you feel the resistance and then it's just a simple process of getting the edger on the edge of the board and sliding it down the edge with a little bit of pressure and repeating this step a couple of times and then you want to do another visual inspection. It's important not to take too much material off the edge of the board. If you find that you've smoothed it all out to your satisfaction, you'd be done at that point. If you feel as though it needs to be a little bit sharper, you can repeat the process another time. And that's all there is to it. Now you have a sharp snowboard.

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