Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: An igloo in Canada
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Most people will tell you that the marks don't matter and it's true, they're mostly just cosmetic damages. But clogging your bases pores with crud like that will slow down your board by like 2% of its potential speed(depending on how cruddy it is). You be the judge if that's important to you.
If you wanna get rid of the marks, just hot scrape it. (provided you have you own waxing setup) Take some cheap wax. Wax your board as you would normally do, but scrape it off immediately - as opposed to letting it dry. The warm wax will suck up all the crap out of the pores. You may need to repeat the process to get most of it out.
Voila! Brand new base!! Just put a heavy coat on it for the summer, this prevents the base from drying out.
For the rings on the topsheet, you're screwed. We all have it.
BTW, do you ride table mountain? I grew up in North Battleford.