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I'm having yet another issue, my board slows down like crazy after a few runs. I wax my board regularly, and for the first couple runs it does great. Then it begins to slow down, and I can feel it. It feels as if there's something that doesn't slide on the front of my board, around the nose. I'm not looking to go crazy speeds here, but it's noticeable how everyone is going faster than me. The only thing I can think of is maybe I'm leaving wax unscraped, but I'm quite sure I got all of it so I really don't know... Help!
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I'm having yet another issue, my board slows down like crazy after a few runs. I wax my board regularly, and for the first couple runs it does great. Then it begins to slow down, and I can feel it. It feels as if there's something that doesn't slide on the front of my board, around the nose. I'm not looking to go crazy speeds here, but it's noticeable how everyone is going faster than me. The only thing I can think of is maybe I'm leaving wax unscraped, but I'm quite sure I got all of it so I really don't know... Help!
could be the spring slush that is slowing you down and chewing up your wax.
my board has been destroyed after a few runs the past couple weeks
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Get a stone grind with some structure.


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It isn't the spring slush, I board at an indoor place so the snow is like usual. Do you think a stone grind is absolutely necessary? I live in Russia right now and I don't really want to spend too much money (everything is overpriced here), and I don't think I want to do it myself, I could try. If it helps I can post some pictures of my base before I wax it again... Maybe it's a good idea i really don't know at this point.
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is there any crazy scratches on the bottom of your board that might cause a lag?

did you try a different wax to see if the problem clears up?
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You have a machine to stone grind your base yourself? That's exactly why it's slow there's no structure so the base is probably burned or just has no way to break up the suction.


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is this a newer board? you might try and use a base cleaner to get any weird shit off of it before you add more wax.

i had a newer deck this spring, and noticed the same problem, however it was outdoors. i believe a lot of pollen/tree sap/random shit was getting stuck on the bottom of the board - if i scraped the board with a credit card, i would get some dark sticky shit coming off of it. i did a thorough base cleaning, and after that, i was hauling ass.

i think sometimes the factory wax that is on the board might pick up shit in the snow.
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There are no scratches, its a relatively new board (first season), and I do not have a machine, if I do do a stone grind I guess I'll take it to a shop and pay, whatever it's not really an issue. How exactly do you do a base cleaning? Is it the same as a stone grind? Should I just like take it to the shop and tell them to do stuff and fix it?
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if it's a new board and no scratches or heavy wear, you probably don't need a base grind. i guess the structure might help you hold some extra wax on there, but i really think it is not necessary, and you should try a base cleaner first.

it's super easy: get a bottle of some kind of citrus snowboard base cleaner - i'm sure you can find a cheap one online. get a shitty towel and apply it to the board and take all that shit off. then dry it with a clean towel and let it air dry for a while. after it's completely dry, give it a good hot wax. you'll be hauling ass next time.
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i guess the structure might help you hold some extra wax on there.
Structuring has nothing to do with wax retention. A structure is a pattern etched into the base of the board designed to break up suction forces applied to the board as you melt snow sliding down the mountain. The difference between a structured and unstructured base is most dramatic in wet, warm snow, but the right structure for a given condition will always help.

Most snowboards come without any structure whatsoever, so even a brand new deck can benefit from a stone grind. More detail here
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