i picked up my first board in the offseason. it is a gnu 11up, and i have burton freestlye boots and mission bindings to go with it. is there anything i have to do to the board besides set up the bindings? i've seen random stuff online talking about waxing it even though it comes with a factory wax and something about sanding the edges. is all the neccessary and can yall give me any tips on setting everything up?
The factory wax is really more of a protectant. So waxing after a day of riding would be necessary. You should also detune the tip and tail. Take a file and round over the edge that wraps around the nose and tail and go about 1 inch down the effective edge then taper it out with a hard stone.
I detune because I ride a lot of hard pack and icy conditions, so I find that a board is really catchy on that type of snow. So if I'm coming into a rail I can't be catching and throwing off my line so detuning the contact points helps reduce that.
I think it also helps when someones learning as well because it gives newer riders more control over their board.