How to Check if a Snowboard Needs Waxing

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If your snowboard needs waxing it will exhibit a few clear signs that you can check for at any time. Check if a snowboard needs waxing with help from a snowboarding professional in this free video clip.

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Hey, this is Aaron from Eastern Boarder, and today we're going to be talking about how to determine when your snowboard needs to be waxed. So when you buy a new snowboard from the factory, it usually comes waxed and ready to ride but as you ride throughout the season you're going to notice that the board may tend to slow down a little bit or you may look at your board and visually notice a difference in the base. Some of the key signs of your board needing to be waxed is a, it will be slower in the snow. You won't make it through the flat sections as much or also you're looking at the base and you notice that the colors on the base aren't as vibrant, the board looks dried out or a little hazy and white. Those are both really good telltale signs that it's time to wax your snowboard. Some of the benefits of waxing your board would be that a waxed board is going to perform better. It's going to go faster which is more fun. It's also going to get you through the flat spots a lot easier and even if you are a beginner, it's going to help you initiate from turn to turn a little bit smoother and without as much struggle or catch on the base. This is going to be even more noticeable in the warmer times of the year towards the end and the beginning of the season. So what you want to do is look down at your snowboard and kind of examine the base and like I said if you notice that you see any haziness or whitening of the board, that's going to be a really good indication that it's time to wax it. You have a couple options when it comes time to wax your snowboard. You can bring it to your local shop and have them do it which is always a really good option or you can do it yourself. It's a fairly easy process and you can get a few supplies and do it right in your own home.

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