You’ll ride better with a smooth, sharp edge.

Remember the old-school snowboard slogan, “Two edges are better than four”? Well, it was a little off, technically. Of course snowboarding is better than skiing (that goes without saying, these days) but snowboards don’t have two edges-they have four! You heard right. Each “edge” or strip of metal on the board has two parts, a side edge and a base edge.
Tuning these edges is simple. You only need a couple of tools and about ten minutes. A clean and sharp edge will help your shredding in all snow conditions. Some riders even carry a sharpening stone in their pockets to smooth out rough spots after hitting a rock or to detune (dull) the edges for a certain type of riding. Here are the basics to get you started.-K.H.

1. Before taking a file to your edges, use a “stone”-soft or hard-to remove any rough spots. Run the stone along both your base and side edges until any burrs (gouges or nicks) are gone. The edges of your board should be totally smooth before you begin to sharpen them.

2. Using a flat, chrome-infused file, sharpen the base edge of your board. Run the file in the direction of the teeth, and pull it from tip to tail. A few passes should be enough to sharpen the base edges. Sharpen both of your base edges while the board is turned upside down.

3. Sharpen your side edges by using a file guide. A guide is especially useful on the side edges because the narrow width of the board’s sidewall can make it difficult to keep a regular file at a consistent angle. Work from tip to tail, until the edge is sharp.

Note: When maintaining a factory edge, your goal should be to achieve a 90-degree angle. That means that both the base edge and the side edge should be sharpened at the same angle. If you’re working toward a specific type of tune, or if your board’s edges already had something other than a 90 degree angle on them, you’ll need to tune accordingly. Angles other than 90-degrees are called “bevels.”


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