Get your snowboard ready for the season.

To make the most of your snowboard, you’ve got to detune (or dull) the edges over the tip and tail. This prevents your snowboard from being too hooky in turns and your catching edges. If you still need to buy a snowboard, check out our recommendations here: Recommended Beginner Snowboards.

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Step 1—Find contact points: Lay your snowboard on flat ground to identify the contact points–the points where it touches to ground. Mark them with a pen.

Step 2—Dull tip and tail: Since your tip and tail don’t help you turn, they’ll just get in the way if they’re sharp. Angle a metal file 45 degrees to the edge and run it over the tip and tail between the contact points to dull the edges.  Now that you’re good and dull, take a diamond stone and rub it over to smooth out any burs.

Step 3—Detune the contact points: Measure 1” beyond the contact point and use a diamond stone to gently soften the edge, being careful not to detune too much. Unlike the tip and tail, you don’t want the contact points to be completely dull–just detuned enough to take away the bite. Try riding the snowboard a few times and if it still feels too hooky, use the diamond stone to detune up to 2” past the contact point.

Next step: Mount your snowboard bindings

11 Responses to How to de-tune your new snowboard
  1. Brandon - Long Time Fan
    September 23, 2013 | 9:48 pm

    Hi, I also just bought my first snowboard even though I’ve been riding for about the past 3 years or so. I got a sick azz 2013 GNU Metal Guru 155cm (EC2 BTX)with 2014 Union Flite Pro Bindings. SHOULD I GET THE LOCAL SHOP TO DETUNE AND WAX IT FOR ME? It’s made by Mervin MFG, so I know it’s a good board all around but I don’t know if it comes waxed or not. Is this the convention?

    (Link for board shape:

    • Rick
      September 30, 2013 | 9:16 pm

      You don’t need to have a shop wax a new board and detuning isn’t a big deal on new rockered boards.

  2. Rod
    July 3, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Whould i need to detune my turbo dream flat/ rocker mix

    • Rick
      July 7, 2013 | 2:26 pm

      It won’t hurt, but there is no need with that board.

  3. brandon
    June 27, 2013 | 6:24 pm

    please make some vids on backside 360s and some grabs

  4. Jon
    March 21, 2013 | 6:13 pm

    I didnt have a clue that I needed to detune my snowboard when I bought my first one. Someone told me to do it, but I didnt have a clue. Your video certainly helped! – Thanks Guys.

  5. Sjoerd
    November 8, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Hi there!
    I just bought a new Nitro Blacklight Gullwing. You said you only need to detune on cambered boards, why is that exactly? And since my board is a hybrid rocker/camber board do you recommend detuning it?
    And isnt it better for the durability of the board to wax it before its first use or is it only better for going faster?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Rick
      November 8, 2011 | 3:56 pm


      Rocker in the tips lifts the tips off the ground. That keeps the tips from catching/being hooky, so you don’t need to de-tune. I still de-tune the tip and tail on my Sherlock that has a rocker/camber mix.

      The more wax your base gets the better. Period.

  6. Igor
    August 4, 2011 | 12:55 am

    Hey Rickty! great tips! I just got an Sims Steve’s Fisher signature board. Do you know if I need to detune also?

  7. Rick
    February 24, 2011 | 4:09 am

    Hi… I just bought my first snowboard after renting several times… It’s a Burton V Rocker board… I called Burton directly to see if my board would need to be detuned or have a fresh wax before riding it but they said it already is detuned from the factory and that the wax that’s already on it would be fine for the first few times… Everywhere else I read, people say to detune and get a fresh wax on the board… What do you think… I really value this site and your opinions… Whatever information you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rick

    • Rick
      February 24, 2011 | 5:00 am

      Hey Rick,

      Rockered boards don’t need the tip and tail detuned like a cambered board. The wax that comes from the factory should be fine for a while. Waxing yourself (or a shop) will make the board run a little faster (if you wax for the right temperature), but it isn’t a big difference.

      Good luck and have fun!

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