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    Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 1:15am
G'day all,

Just a quick noob question here, is it worth learning to wax my own board or just take it into the shop when I'm at the resort??

I have time on my hands before I go to learn it but ill only be there for 2 weeks?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 1:38am
I think its worthy learning to wax your board. Cheaper in the long run.  You can find videos in how to wax your board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 1:51am
My vote is generally to wax it yourself. But if I recall correctly, you're in an interesting spot. Are you only planning to use your gear away from home? You'll need an iron and some other basic gear to to this, so I don't know if it would be efficient for you to travel with all that. 

So here's my bottom line for you:
If you have to fly with an iron, let the shops do it. Or make friends local to the mountain and see if they'll lend you their iron (buy/carry your own scraper, wax etc). Don't use the hotel (or whoever's) irons! I highly recommend at least learning how to wax your stuff. 


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Everyone is going to have a little different technique they follow. Use your head when following forum threads and you'll do just fine. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 1:58am
yeah, learn to wax your stuff yourself.

not only will you gain knowledge about your board but you will be saving money that would be spent paying others to do it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 2:00am
^+1 You will save alot of money.
I enjoy tinkering with my board anyway.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 2:15am
Cheers Guys, I see a few waxing kits on ebay that would go into my luggage ok

Will prob learn to do it as i have a new snowboard and no snow to play with it on, i gotta do something!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 3:54am
Thumbs Up  tognar.com   for all your tunning needs.  That's one place to get supplies and lots of info on tunning and waxing. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 4:03am
no dont learn how to do it have one of ur friends learn to do it on their board and then just have them do yours lol i just take my board to my cousin and have him do it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 4:08am
Haha shame I going to Canada alone!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 4:26am
Yep, learn yourself! I learned to wax mine, its so simple to do, doesnt take that long to do either realy. Plus saves the moneys too(I'm guessing, how much i'm not sure, i never had to get my board waxed by a pro, waxed my own from the start). Plus its sorta cool taking your kit apart and then back together again
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 4:39am
I agree it is a great thing to learn even if you dont plan on doing it that often.
The only time I take my boards to a shop is when I need a base grind.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 4:39am
saves you money in the long run really. if you plan to go at the sport l think you should. but if 1x and you wont play again, no point in getting all the scrapers brush iron etc
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 4:46am
kel makes a good point, if you dont like it soon after, it doesnt make sense to grab all the equipment to wax it cuz that cost more money initially. but really its up to you and dependant on how much you like the sprot
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 10:38am
Keep in mind it's also really freaking messy. I used to wax in my old apartment and realized it was a huge hassle. Unless you have a garage or are willing to do it outdoors somehow, you have to lay down newspaper all over. You also have to have good ventilation, otherwise you get pretty light headed from the fumes. Brushing also makes stupid tiny wax dust particles fly all over the place. It's a pain to clean, especially if your house is carpeted.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2011 at 10:53am
probably not, yet.  You've never even snowboarded (although the factory wax on your new board will only last a couple of days...if even that). 

I'd probably just ride it right when I got to the resort, then, when the lifts close the second day, drop it off at a nearby shop.  The next morning, pick it up on the way back up to the mtn (I did that in tahoe, once).


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 12:32am
YeAh your right, use this trip to get a handle on it and even see if I like it, then go in for the long haul, cheers fellas

Getting too ahead of my self, already thinking kiwi in aug haha
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 10:58am
actually, even if you don't get it waxed the whole trip, it'll still ride fine for beginner purposes.  I rode my first board with the factory wax for 15+ days before I started to realize it was slowing down (I had no idea about waxing at the time).

...although, you might wanna get it waxed when you get home, so the stripped base doesn't sit around all dry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 12:13pm
I had my board waxed by the shop the first season, after that I invested in an iron and other accessories to do it myself.

I enjoy waxing the boards, and do a better job.

If you want more info on waxing process, see Racewax.com
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 12:15pm
everyone should spend that special time with their board
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 12:20pm
It's really easy, like smooth talking a lady for a night of romance(well...not romance, but...well "romance")...the more you do it, the better you get but in reality it never was hard to begin with.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 12:20pm
Originally posted by kyle521

everyone should spend that special time with their board


I agree.. <3 your board!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 12:23pm
learn yourself. it can get expensive for a ski shop to do it for you
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 12:30pm
i learned on youtube! got a cheapo iron from target! saves tons of money over ski shop waxing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 1:09pm
I learnt from youtube videos, reading online articles and a workshop at my local store.

The workshop was great, only $20 and they give you a $20 store voucher and waxing booklet on arrival.. great customer service at my local!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2011 at 1:35pm
Learn how to do it, but don;t invest in getting the tools needed for waxing and tuning until you know you'll stick with and commit yourself to snowboarding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/30/2011 at 2:30pm
the way i see it:
waxing - foreplay
boarding - s3x
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/30/2011 at 3:10pm
definatlydo it yourself. If your local shop is anything like mine, the stuff like waxing is way overpriced. also, it not to hard to learn. go for it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/30/2011 at 3:41pm
if you go more than a couple days a year its worth it to buy an iron in my opinion
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/30/2011 at 3:50pm
if your going to be sticking with snowboarding definatly learn how to do it. you can save money and you get to take care of your own gear.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/30/2011 at 4:20pm
Yeah think I agree, will learn to do it, no matter the sport I love working on my own gear.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/02/2011 at 6:35am
Sometimes money>love. I wouldn't worry about waxing this first year unless the conditions are absolutely terrible. Save your money and wait to see if you will do it again next year. a $10 wax job form a shop should be fine a vacation trip. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2011 at 12:52am
Sorry to bump this thread up again however i had another question, De-Tuning the board?? Worth it at beginner level or just get it done when i rock up?
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i would worry first about getting carving and switch down first, but thats just me. you CAN do it if you wanted. just remember you cant put the metal back on your board.
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Originally posted by Mwmartella

Sorry to bump this thread up again however i had another question, De-Tuning the board?? Worth it at beginner level or just get it done when i rock up?


just ride it first and see if you even notice what "detune'' will do for you first
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 1:11pm
If you learn how to do it, you don't have to worry about shop hours or busy rushes before big holidays. You'll also probably do a better job because it's your board and you can spend the time to check for burrs, chips and gouges before waxing. Care for your board and you'll be a happy rider!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 1:15pm
yeah de-tuning is kinda complicated. I have all the equipment to do it, but i still makes me a little nervous everytime i take a file to my edges. I'm gonna ask someone in the business of de-tuning before i go hard at it. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 1:22pm
Originally posted by Piranha

actually, even if you don't get it waxed the whole trip, it'll still ride fine for beginner purposes.  I rode my first board with the factory wax for 15+ days before I started to realize it was slowing down (I had no idea about waxing at the time).

...although, you might wanna get it waxed when you get home, so the stripped base doesn't sit around all dry
 
We did the same thing man.  Didn't know anything about tuning a board until the middle of our second season.   The first time I tuned my board I about shat myself with how quick the board was and how much more I could control it (since I learned about edges then too).
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