For individuals who ride often, our service team recommends weekly waxing, monthly edge sharpening and yearly base leveling for maximum performance from your ride.
General: An inspection’s purpose is to make sure that the equipment is safe to use. It is also valid when you are buying a second hand equipment to make sure you are buying an equipment that is healthy.
Base inspection: Start by looking on the entire base if there is any hole in the base that can allowed water to go in the core or that is big enough to create interference with the gliding. Base welding repair is good for small holes and base patch repair or hard welding will be better for bigger hole. Look around the equipment for any separation between the base and the edges ; a micro separation will eventually create a bigger delamination from the water getting in. Any type of separation or delamination require glue to get fixe. If you have access to a true bar, evaluate the equipment’s straitness by running it result will be at different level of : concavity ( edge hight) , strait (edge level with the base) or convex ( edge low). An equipment that is concave will feel like it is catching edges very easy. An equipment convexe will feel like there is not much edges even if they are sharp ; some skier will explain it by the feeling of a ball rolling under the ski. A equipment that is strait will be predictable and easy to control. Base grinding and Stone grinding are the only way to correct the straitness of an equipment. Then its time to evaluate the base’s dryness. If there is any lose of color on the base or feeling of dry plastic, that mean it’s time to wax the base. If there is any white plastic residue on the base, it means the plastic is starting to burn down from over friction. A good wax can help but if its to much damage it need to get a layer take of by grinding it. Wax to your base is like water to your body ; can’t get to much!
Edge Inspection: Look around the equipment for any break in the edges or in the sidewall. If you notice any bump on the top sheet, it can be the result of a core problem. A broken edge will weaken the glue and can cause delamination easier. Run your finger nail from the base to the edges ; feel any gap in between Base edge and the base. With friction, the plastic of the base will disintegrate faster then the metal of the base edge. If the base edge is higther, it will causes the equipment to hook up everytime it is gliding sideways. Then evaluate the sharpness of the edges ; run your finger nail on the sharp part of the edges and if it cuts thru the nail by leaving a scraping residue it mean the edge is sharp. Different level of rider will require a different level of sharpness. An edge can be sharpen by polishing the side edge, but it will get sharper if you also sharpen de base edge.