Ok, kidding aside, ppl on this forum talk about "base damage" if you don't wax your board as needed. What if I pulled a BA (no offense dude ) and decided not to wax my board at all? I don't care if the base looks blue/gray/puke/insert-color-here because of prolonged wax deprivation. Also don't care if I'm a couple of mph slower while charging the mountain.
I'd like some specifics of "base damage" - something that will compromise the integrity of the board. Otherwise, why should I care?
When I got into snowboarding the buddy I rode with had a 6 or 7 year old burton custom that he rode. I asked how often he waxed it or sharpened the edges and he said something along the lines of "I don't do shit". So I haven't either and can honestly say that aside from hitting the occasional "sticky spot" on days with warmer weather I've never really had a problem. Then again I've never waxed my boards either so I don't have a baseline for comparison.
Just wondering if I'm missing out on something by not waxing (board) regularly.
Do you like a fast smooth ride?
A lot of boards are made pretty different to a few years ago too. Sintered bases allow for good absorption of wax and a smooth ride, but you do need to look after them too.
I can definitely feel the difference when my board is freshly waxed. You should treat yourself sometime.
Extruded bases don't really need to be waxed and don't hold much wax when they are.
Sintered basespreform noticably better when waxed and are designed to hold wax. Sintered bases can burn from friction impairing their ability to hold wax and transfer wax to the surface. A dry sintered base is more susceptable to damage and can crack especially if die-cut
Wax is probably debatable depending on how fast you like to go, but after a few icy days, or running over rocks you can really see the benefits of doing your edges. Especially when it comes to catching edges.