How To: Get Jib Ready
Prep Your Board For Riding Rails
If you’re taking it to the streets, or even through the local terrain park, consider setting your board up for jibbing and detuning your edges. Riding with razor-sharp edges underfoot is asking to get slammed-they’ll catch on jibs, lips, and landings. You can hack them completely down if you really want to pursue rail riding, or just give them a little detune for safety’s sake. Here’s how.
Dialing in a jib board means rounding down the edges. This renders it weak for holding an edge, but great for boardsliding. A good jib board is also soft and generally smaller than an all-around board. So before you start hacking up your brand-new deck, consider sacrificing an old one, looking for a beater, or taking a careful approach to detuning your edges in step three. If you really hack off the edge, though, you can’t get it back-remember that.
Check Your Stance
Some riders narrow up their stance a bit to accentuate their presses, while others feel more comfortable boardsliding with wider ones, but just about everyone centers their stance (equal parts nose and tail) for riding regular and switch. Go ride the park and play around with your stance, then go with what feels best.
The goal is to round off the 90-degree angle of the edges, making them smooth and catch-free. Here are our favorite methods:
With your board base up, use a handheld four-inch power grinder with a grinding/sanding disc and carefully run it down your edges at a 45-degree angle. Then gently move it around the edges to smooth ’em out, being careful not to grind through your sidewall or the entire edge. You can also use a file to achieve the same effect.
To retain edge grip and still jib, use a file and shave off just the areas where you usually slide. Or wrap a few loops of tape around the file handle, press it on the base as a guide, and give yourself a ghetto base bevel. This will keep the edges sharp, yet lifted up.
- Many new park boards come with a factory-finished bevel and detune. See if your board does before you tear into it.
- Many reverse camber boards’ shapes have uplift that helps keep your edges up when sliding.
Illustrations by Shawn O’Keefe