Base: The bottom of the board that is in contact with the snow surface. It is generally made of a porous, plastic (polyethylene) material, that is saturated with a wax to create a very quick and smooth, hydrophobic surface.
What is the bottom of a snowboard called?
The bottom of your board, that is in frequent contact with the snow is called the base. Contrary to surfing, this is the part of your snowboard that gets waxed to keep you gliding over the snow. It’s made of a material called polyethylene that has tiny pours that soak up wax when heated, and close over when cold.
What is the base of a snowboard?
The two main types of snowboard base that can be found today are the Extruded and the Sintered base. The difference comes in the way they are made. Each has pro’s and con’s depending on your experience, riding style and budget.
Why is the bottom of my snowboard white?
Regular waxing moisturizes and protects the base of your board and keeps it fresh and sliding evenly on the snow. You can tell when it’s time to get your board waxed when you can see dry areas on your base. Dry areas look like small white lines or like an allover white haze.
Is a longer snowboard better for beginners?
If you’re riding is mostly all mountain, powder or freeriding, consider a snowboard on the longer end of the size range or grabbing a volume shifted board. If you are above average weight consider a longer snowboard. If you are a beginner, aim for a shorter board in your size range.
Which is more dangerous skiing or snowboarding?
Jasper Shealy, a professor emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology who has studied such injuries for 40 years, concluded that while snowboarders were between 50% to 70% more likely to get injured, they are also around a third less likely to be killed on the slopes than skiers.
What is PTEX?
Ptex is a texture mapping system developed by Walt Disney Animation Studios for production-quality rendering: No UV assignment is required! Ptex applies a separate texture to each face of a subdivision or polygon mesh. The Ptex file format can efficiently store hundreds of thousands of texture images in a single file.
How long does wax last on snowboard?
2-3 full days
What is a sintered base?
Rather than melting polyethylene pellets together (extrusion), sintered bases are manufactured by crushing the pellets together under high pressure. This makes a sintered base more porous for maximum wax absorption, and more abrasion-resistant. Base additives can also boost glide.
Can you sand the bottom of a snowboard?
Sand the surface with medium grade sandpaper. Once the base of the board is relatively flat, you’re ready to apply a coat of wax to the board.
How often should you wax your snowboard?
We suggest waxing your snowboard every three or four times that you go riding, and even more often if you are doing it yourself. There are a few ways to check your snowboard’s base in order to tell if you need a hot wax. A dry base will start on the edges of the bottom of your snowboard.
How do you tell if you need to wax your snowboard?
You can tell when your snowboard needs to be waxed simply by how it feels, as well as how the base looks. If you notice that your board is slowing down, particularly on flat sections, or that the base is looking white and dry then it’s probably time to give it the wax treatment.
How do I know if my snowboard needs sharpening?
How do you know when your snowboard edges need to be sharpened? If your edge feels blunt or ‘burred’ when you rub it gently with your thumb then it might be time for you to get your edges sharpened. This is usually the test to see if it’s time for a sharpen.
What happens if you don’t wax your snowboard?
Snowboard wax coats the bottom of the board to provide protection and to repel the water from the snow which allows you to glide better across the snow. If you don’t wax your snowboard you will not be able to ride as fast and your board will not be protected and at a higher risk for rust and abrasion or damage.