So I really want to get into more technical freeriding this winter - steeps, powder, glades, easy cliffs, etc. I went into a local convention looking for a board that could handle it! I found and bought what I thought would be a board that could handle it - Option Franchise. Super stiff.
After I took it home I examined it more closely and began to regret(?) my decision. I realized it's got no taper, very little if any setback, and I was reading that most freeride boards these days have rocker up front rather than full camber (this board has like >1cm). I understand how rocker at the tip can ease float and landings.
Everyone at the Swatch FWT was riding like a Flagship or an Experience, both which are Rock/Cam/Rock. But then again at Supernatural, Gigi Ruf was riding a Slash ATV and Travis Rice was riding a C2, both of which have no tip rocker, so they manage fine!
So I'm debating whether I should sell this board and buy a freeride-designed Cam/Rock/Cam if I want to ease my way into technical freeriding? I haven't the board yet ridden it yet. I mean, is it going to make that much of a difference? If I do get rid of this board, I was looking at an Atomic Banger.
Thanks for your help!