Christmas holidays are over, the new year started. And maybe you already have had your winter sport holidays, therefore it is time to provide you with some tips on how to maintain your gear! Wat you could do is go to a (rental) shop and let your board have a wax there, but you can also do it yourself. Let me explain.
– Base cleaner and cloth
– Level work station
You can get those tools relatively cheap at any (rental) shop, sports shop or gear rental at a ski resort, but, you can also kitchen tools instead. Cheaper, but riskier as well. Replace the tools just mentioned above for the following:
– Base cleaner and cloth: just some citrus based cleaner, and an old shirt
– Wax: a greasy candle
– Iron: an old, normal iron (without steam)
– Level work station: improvise
– Scraper: a strong, iron ruler
– Brush: Brillo pad
A cleaner is not per se necessary. Some people like it, some hate it. Anyhow, the most important is the waxing.
The Steps to Take
1. Take the bindings of your board and put it upside down on two chairs
2. Optional, clean it with the base cleaner and cloth, and let it sink in for about 20 minutes
3. Heat up the iron
4. Hold the iron above your board and melt the candle or wax against it, let the wax drip on the board
5. “Iron” your board now, so that the wax is divided evenly
6. Let it sink in for about 30 minutes
7. Use the ruler, or scraper, in a 45 degrees angle to scrape off most of the wax. Don’t worry if you scrape off a lot, most of the wax has sunk into the board
8. Optional, brush off the board with a Brillo pad or brush to create structure
9. Wipe your board of with the cloth again
And smooth your board will glide through the snow again!
Some extra tips
1. Don’t spend too much money on equipment. It’s just a marketing trick to spend money on all those special tools.
2. Wax the board before you use it for the first time.
3. Wax your board at the end of the season to protect it during summer. Putting away your board wet is the worst you can do.
4. A video tutorial about how to wax your board yourself you can find here .
What else to do during summer
What to do next, now winter season is over? I usually don’t feel like going to an indoor ski hall in summer. Well, try out other board sports! There are loads, like surfing, skating, longboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing etc. I haven’t tried most of them, but I’d be eager to! Therefore, I’d like to ask you guys what I should start with this spring/summer. What would you advise, and what looks most like snowboarding?
I’d love to hear how you guy’s winter season was!
PS: Don’t forget to spray your clothes with a protection spray after washing them!