What I might do is go to a store and get my sizes and if there are already deals popping up maybe I'll buy from them. Otherwise I'll just buy off the Internet still. Unluckily because I live near NYC the closest place is 30 minutes away from me. The closest mountain to me is Mtn creek and it's an hour and a half away :/
I just looked on Craigslist and i found a board for a great price with great reviews...burton cruzer. I am thinking I will look some more but I think I might go with thei one. 155cm board by the way. It sounds great for a noob looking to go down mountains. It's heavy and is just incredibly forgiving.
1.5 hours is nothing man...i'm 3 hours away from my local mountain but yet i still go as much as i can. the ride is a bitch, but gotta feed the addiction right?
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