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post #8 of (permalink) Old 03-09-2014, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by KayZ View Post
Dudes and dudettes, so my girl wants to give the sport a shot and I want her to fall in love with it to be honest - trying my best to ensure her first day goes better than the average wrist-breaking tailbone-cracking frustration filled day aka my first day

I am gonna lend her my asspad I bought while learning and already got her Level gloves with wristguards (she has weak wrists so this was a must). Now she will have to rent her equip, but I have an old 156 park pickle (mens) laying around. So she can just rent bindings and boots and grab the board.

Considering we are on the east coast the magnetraction and rocker will really prevent edge catching and raise confidence on this icy surface while learning - i know I was deathly afraid of edges after the first few catches, as well as passing a segment of ice...

My question boils down to, is it okay for her to use a 156cm mens board to learn? she is about 5'9-5'10 and 130lbs with a pretty big foots, a womens 9-10.

-girlfriend first time riding
-my park pickle 156cm (mens)
-GF dimensions: 5'9-5'10, 130lbs
- yes? no? maybe?
Good idea with the rental plan. Be sure they size her to her weight, not her height. Is she of an athletic build? At her 130lb weight, I'd think anything from high 140's to low 150's would work well. Maybe something like a 148 to 151 at most. (For reference: I'm female, 5'8", 120lbs athletic build, size 8 boot, also ride the east coast; my shortest board is a stiffer 146).

As already mentioned, since it's her first time out, she might prefer a shorter board for learning. The length of your 156 park pickle is the biggest reason I wouldn't put her on it for learning. Especially if your goal is to have her fall in love with snowboarding. I wouldn't worry so much about the camber vs rocker or magne non magne issue. What's more important is she have the proper size for her weight as a beginner.

Good luck, hope she has fun.
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