How to Sharpen Snowboard Edges

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In order to sharpen snowboard edges, a basic snowboard edge filing tool is needed. Run a snowboard edge filing tool from the nose of the board to the tail, and avoid applying too much pressure, with help from the manager of a snowboard store in this free video on snowboarding gear and equipment.

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And in this clip, we're going to go over how to sharpen snowboard edges. First off, you're going to need snowboard edge filing tool. Very simple, very basic. Two different sides of the stone. You basically want to run it from the nose of the board to the tail of the board, just like so, all the way down, not putting too much pressure, but even, smooth, from the tip to the tail. Now, you've got the side of thee edge taken care of, now we want to do the bottom of thee edge. You're going to take your tool, turn it over like so, make sure it's flush and again, running all the way down the length of the board, making sure it's free of burrs, any kind of resistance, at that point. Once it's smooth from the tip to the tail, you've got both sides taken care of. Now that's a very sharp edge. Some people like duller edges for sliding hand rails so the edge doesn't bite. What a lot of people will do is take the file off, and round their edges. When you round an edge, again, it helps prevent catching your board on a rail, but people riding ice, man made snow, riding the half-pipe, sharp edges are very, very important. There are two sides of a board. Toe side and heel side. On that's, on that edge, there is a bottom edge and a side edge, and that's basically what makes the edge to a point where it's sharp to cut into ice, or you can have it rounded dull so that it'll slide faster onto a rail.


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