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How to Store Your Snowboard

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When the snowboard season ends, most riders haphazardly toss their snowboard into the garage or basement, never to be thought about until the snow starts falling again. Unfortunately, this can lead to problems down the road. Improper storage can lead to a dry base, rusted edges, delamination, and the eventual loss of the board's camber (the positive bend in the board that gives it an energetic, "poppy" feel). The good news is that it's very easy to properly store your snowboard at the end of the season, and just a small amount of work will pay big dividends over the life of your snowboard. The first thing you'll want to do before storing your snowboard is give it a good tune. By freshly waxing the board's base and sharpening the board's edges, you'll protect your investment throughout the summer months. A thick, almost sloppy coat of wax will seal up the base of the board and prevent it from drying out, while sharpening the edges will remove any rust that may have accumulated from your last days on the slopes. Remember - rust is your enemy! Another advantage to tuning your board before you put it away is knowing it will be ready to go when opening day rolls around next season! The next step in preparing your snowboard for summer storage is to wrap it up. Although your freshly tuned edges don't have any rust on them at the moment, certain environments (the basement or the garage) are laden with humidity that can encourage rust growth. Remove the bindings with a Phillips head screwdriver, then either place your board in the plastic zip-up board bag it came in or wrap the entire board in plastic shrink wrap material. Place your binding screws in a zip lock bag for safekeeping, then tape them to the board. Now it's time to actually put your board to rest for a few months. Call me crazy, but I store ALL my gear in my ski house bedroom during the off season due to the carpeted floor and lack of significant moisture. If this isn't an option for you, the basement will suffice (that's why you wrapped the board in plastic wrap). Store your board standing up to preserve the camber, but don't place it directly on the hard floor. Cut a section of old rug, a few Styrofoam blocks, or some old towels to use as a cushion for the tail of the board to prevent the tail from delaminating from undue pressure over a long period of time. Kiss your pride and joy goodnight, and rest easy knowing your snowboard will be well protected over the summer months!
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