Originally Posted by swmike
You'll most likely be getting alot of advice on this one. So here's mine:
- The length of the board should generally, if you stand it up next to you - come between your chin and forehead. The heavier you are, the higher on that scale.
- Your shoe size doesn't matter unless it's over about a 10.5. Then they make wider boards. So you are good there.
Subjective on riding...
- a shorter board is easier to learn on and turn
- a longer board is faster and more stable at high speed
So - with all of that - at your weight I'd suggest something that comes around your chin woudl be a great place to start.
Burton Feelgood is what my daughters both started on. Decent for starting! Older one works at a shop in CO and still loves her Rome boards.
No...height has almost nothing to do with board length, unless you're doing whacky stuff with your stance width...
As for beginner boards, O-Matic Tara Dakides, Rome Vinyl, Ride Solace/Vista, Atomic Tues/Tika, Salomon Lark/Lily.