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    Posted: Dec/02/2010 at 11:37am
I was wondering what the purpose of edging a board is.  I have never done it, and wanted some input as to whether or not it's important for someone who just started snowboarding a lot last year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/02/2010 at 12:06pm
Are you talking about tuning/detuning your board? I'm sorry, I've not heard of edging before. If you're talking about tuning/detuning, and you're just starting out, I would just make sure the contact points of the board aren't razor sharp. You'll catch fewer edges and it'll be easier to learn/progress. However, most beginner boards do not arrive with super sharp edges. If you have a park board, chances are that the edges are already a little dulled right out of the box.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 9:11am
I have a Burton Custom, and when I was on another thread about waxing, someone mentioned edging, and when I was shopping for the stuff to wax my board, I found a lot of files and stuff for edging a board.
I just want to know if it's worth it to do for my skill level
I wouldn't call my self a complete beginner since I can do double blacks, but I haven't been boarding for that long
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 9:23am
I would recommend that you sharpen the edges, esp if you will be riding ice/hardpack conditions or those double blacks.  But as mentioned above, be sure to de-tune the contact points.  Search YouTube for tips on what to do for de-tuning your board.
If you'll be riding in the park a lot, the edges don't need to be sharp for riding rails and boxes.  Sharp edges will only increase your chance of catching an edge inadvertently.
 
To answer your original question though, the purpose of sharpening the edges is for better grip on the snow.  This is especially important in ski/snowboard racing events.  But overall, not as crucial for everyday riding. 
Try it yourself... ride for many days without touching or sharpening the edges, and then tune the edges and see if you notice a difference while riding.  There will be a visible difference when you look at the edge, but its up to you to decide if you notice a difference while riding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 6:37pm
I agree with rob.  One thing you might want to do is see if you like your board not really detuned before you do it because getting those sharp edges back isnt very easy. A lot of tuning depends on your riding style.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 6:42pm
edge tuning is for you to be able to ride smoother and to catch the snow to do carving easier
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2010 at 6:46pm
Its just like a tune up for your car. Your ride will be a lot smoother when it comes to transitions. Keep the nicks out of your edges!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 4:30pm
Im going to agree with robnezz23,
It does help ALOT!!! I just started last year and a friend of mine sharpened the edges for me. It helps alot when you dont have fresh powder to ride
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 4:40pm
i think it helps alot
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 6:01pm
+1 for edge tuning!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2010 at 11:07pm
just think about it this way, it it aint broke dont fix it.  if you find yourself slipping on hardpack or ice, then sharpen your edges.  and if you find yourself catching edge really easily for no dam reason, try dulling your contact points
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