Setting up and waxing a snowboard are essential to being able to get out on that mountain and ride like the wind. I will be able to explain how to put on bindings and which type of stance can suit you as a rider. You will learn how to select the right wax for your type of riding and the way to properly put it on the board. Also I will cover adding the finishing touch, a stomp pad, which will make getting on and off the lifts easier. After completion the reader will feel good about having a well setup board for their specific needs and skill level.
Step 1: RETRIEVE the Following Materials.
Materials List (Figure 1)
• Snowboard deck you wish to setup.
• Bindings that fit your riding style and have all the bolts needed to setup.
• Binding disc.
• Philips wrench that fits the binding bolts.
• Hot iron.
• Table to perform the waxing on.
• If necessary a sheet to put down to catch wax shavings.
• Stomp pad.
When selecting a board this should be an extensive operation. Following is selection information on different board types.
Board Size (Figure 2)
For the size of the board when you stand it straight up it should come between your nose and your chin. If you plan on riding in the powder mostly a longer board should be considered, however, if you are going to hang out in the park all day a shorter board can be desirable.
The brand you choose will fall mostly on your opinion. Every manufacturer will provide guidelines for what riding style each deck is designed. If you are a beginner rider it would not be wise to purchase a pipe board so be sure to match up the board you want with your abilities.
Binding Type (Figure 3)
The most important thing with bindings is to first check that the bindings you are looking at will fit the boot you wear. If you want fast release of boots and bindings you can purchase types like these, however, if you want a firmer hold a more traditional binding will suit your needs.
Wax Type (Figure 4)
Wax type will depend mainly on where you are riding. Waxes function best in the temperature ranges put on the box. If you are riding in a cold climate be sure to buy a low degree wax but if you are cruising in a warm area buy that type.
Step 2: DECIDE How You Want to Set Up Your Stance.
You will generally want to go for a slight angle or straight on both feet for your foot stance (Figure 1 and 2). This will help 180’s feel more comfortable because one leg will not be cocked in a different position. Also many park riders today prefer a wider stance for air tricks (Figure 4).
You will want to take your front binding and angle it a slight amount out from your stance (Figure 3). This will make carving snow a lot easier. The width of your stance should simply be whatever feels best.
Step 3: PUT the Bindings on the Board the Way You Have Chosen and Make Sure the Holes Match Up With Your Desired Stance.
Step 4: SCREW in the Screws to the Binding and Make Sure They Are Very Secure.
Step 5: ATTACH a Leash to the Front Bindings.
Step 6: PUT the Board in the Desired Waxing Position.
Step 7: HEAT Up the Iron by Plugging It in and Turning It On.
Step 8: TOUCH the Wax to the Iron and As It Begins to Melt Zigzag It Across the Bottom of Your Board.
Do this from tip to tip of the board. Do not be worried about putting too much on because you can simply scrape it away later. Unless you bought some expensive wax!
Step 9: SPREAD the Wax on the Board by Rubbing the Iron Over the Drops.
Be sure to cover all areas of the board with hot wax. Keep moving iron to avoid burning the board.