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Snowboards - General Comments & Tips
Member Name: Pyrexx
Snowboards - General Comments & Tips
Date: 02/02/11, updated on 02/02/11 (4 review reads)
Advantages: buying boards is fun!
Disadvantages: mistakes can be expensive
I've been snowboarding for, oooooh, many years. I'm a highly qualified snowboard instructor registered with CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors). I've learnt from my mistakes buying boards in the past and I've advised plenty of people on which board would be their perfect happy partner :) I actually advise people on their perfect happy board partner in my professional capacity working for Quiksilver and Roxy.
Number one mistake that people make buying a board - pick one because you like the pretty picture, or rule one out because you don't like the nasty picture.
board graphics change every year, trends move so fast if you were buying boards to keep up with the latest fashion, you'd be very very out of pocket. It can be really really tempting to buy something because it looks awesome, thats the reason they put pictures on them in the first place, but think, how often do you even look at someones board whilst they're riding? You don't. They're moving too fast and besides, it's covered in snow. You might think a board is perfect for you because it looks really pretty, but if it's the wrong camber, size, shape, whatever, you're not going to be able to ride it very well. And that won't look very cool. On the other hand, don't be put off a nice board because the graphics are ugly. Just cover it in stickers. Solved.
When picking what length of board to get, make sure you check the information. Most boards are classed on weight and NOT height. You've most likely heard the 'between nose and eyes' rule. Thats out-dated. I have one board which is 143 and one which is 149. If you're not sure, pick the smaller size.
Don't rush into buying a board. When you first start snowboarding it can be really tempting to go out and buy all new everything right away. I've seen loads of students go and buy either a 'beginners' board which they grow out of really fast and need something more specialised, or a buy more specialised board right off, and they have trouble riding it. There's a huge range of different types of board that suit different riding styles. It makes sense to wait until you know what your riding style and pick a board to match it before shelling out loads of money.
Just because a board has the latest technology it doesn't mean it's a good thing. A major board company has recently bought out a revolutionary new binding technology. It works really well, you can get a great range of stances and really tailor it to your riding, however, it looks like it makes the board weaker, because plenty of people I know you bought into this new fad have snapped their board. All of them in the same place. That doesn't mean you should be put off by new advances, I have a board at the moment which is using a new way of constructing the base and I think it's the best board I've ever ridden. Just make sure you read around new technology before you buy any of it.
If you're buying a first board and you're not sure what board you want, ask your instructor. They probably know someone who knows a guy who can sort something out at a discount. They might even know someone who could sell you something suitable second hand. At they very least they'll be able to point you in the right direction of what would be suitable, what wouldn't work, the best place to shop and how much you should be paying.
I hoped I helped someone looking for a new board, stay safe and have fun riding!
Summary: think carefully and make an informed decision.
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