To be able to store a snowboard properly, one has to first know the parts of a snowboard, and how each should be kept. The following are the key points that a rider should consider in taking care of a board.
Snowboards in general are made up of different parts, much like a skateboard. There are the bindings, which hold a rider in place on top of the board. There is the edge, which is basically a thin metal strap running along the board’s edges. Then there’s the base, which is the most banged up part of the board, since it’s the area underneath, which gets into contact with the snow. Then there’s the core itself – the board, which has two major materials: wood and laminated fiberglass. Although a lot of other elements have been used as replacement for the traditional wood, such as resin, honeycomb, or foam, it’s still the standard ply that is used in most, if not all, entry-level boards.
- The Edge. Be sure to sharpen the edges with a file or a polishing stone before completely tucking your board away. If you do decide to go with filing the edges, be certain that you do so while holding the board flat on its back. Make sure that the file is cleaned frequently with a wire brush. This will lessen the chance of the metal corroding over the course of the summer, or while the board is in storage.
- The Base. Make sure that you wax your snowboard’s base religiously. But before waxing, try to use a hot-cleaning procedure after every use, and most especially when you plan to store your snowboard for extended periods of time. Also, try to scrape off the unused wax from the base, and make sure it is dried up completely before storing.
- The Board. To reduce damage to a snowboard, especially when it is in storage, preemptive measures should be utilized as often as possible. Make sure that after every ride you check for dings and scratches, and have the necessary maintenance and fixes done before storing your board. This will prevent de-lamination and corrosion from moisture. If the scratch or any damage extends to the core area of the board, it’s best to have the board sent to a specialist to do a “base grind.”
After these preemptive checks have been done on the board and its parts, be sure to have the board leaning against a wall in a climate-controlled area. Avoid having the board in direct contact with sunlight. Remember that a snowboard is made to be used in cold weather, and not hot. If you store your board in a room that is too hot or too humid, you run the risk of having the whole thing warp. At the very least, the design could fade.
For those riders with three or more boards, it’s best to have a board rack set up in your climate controlled room. The boards should be placed facing down on two upward sloping rods to simulate the effect of leaning. Have the boards placed one atop the other and spaced out enough to allow the air to move around and ventilate.