detune the tip and tail (and i like to go about 2" past and lightly detune the contact points). it takes 10 minutes tops and you can do it while you're waiting for the wax to dry. detuning isn't 100% necessary, but it definitely helps when you're riding in chop and crap...stops the board from grabbing.
you'll want to see if the edges come pretuned too. they'll be sharp but more than likely its at 0* base and 90* edge. you'll want to set the base and edge bevel to your liking. i'm a 1* base 88* edge fan myself.
Yeah, at least detune your tip and tail. Don't detune any of the effective edge unless its a dedicated park stick. Bottom line, don't cancel your ride if you don't have time for any of this prep work. Go and ride and get a hot wax and detune tip and tail when you get a chance.
Why would he not detune it if he wants to hit the park???
He didn't say what all he was doing. I don't ride park, but I wouldn't detune a board unless the board was going to be used for 95% park...and only then if I were doing 50/50's on rails much of the time.
Even then, I might just let the edges break in over time. He asked if he HAD to. I don't think he does. If you disagree then give him your advice too (that's what he's asking for)
Yea the board I just got is definitely not a dedicated park board. I'll probably use my old board when I'm doing park as it's shorter and has more flex. Detuning the tip and tail is still a good idea though right?