Hello there, I'm another "older" learner here! Learned to snowboard at 50 - I'm 52 now and I've gone thru many boards in my learning process. This will be my 3rd season. I started on a camber board to see if I would like snowboarding as skiing was beginning to take a toll on my knees. After I decided I would continue on this I got a 5% flat rocker board. I progressed a lot and rarely caught any edges, but the thing was scary as heck on ice - which is what we have here in SoCal.
I then bought the Roxy Ollie Pop with the C2BTX magnatraction and I tried it in 2 different sizes and I just never felt confortable on it. I tried those boards my whole second season and at the end of the season I wanted to try a directional board as I only ride groomers and am a slow rider also. I bought a Rossignol Diva Magtek 2011 (green) board and OMG the first time on it I was in LOVE! I always had problems on my toeside turns and this just made me turn sooooo easy! I only rode it one weekend (mountain closed after that) and felt I progressed more than the whole year on the Roxy Ollie Pop. But then I wondered if I might do better on a larger board as I was at the top of the weight for that size. So, I ordered the next size up in the 2012 model (fuschia/pink - not happy with the color) and will try that this season in about 2 weeks. I'm going to take both boards with me so I can ride them both and see which I think is the best size.
The Roxy Ollie Pop had rocker between the feet, camber under foot and rocker at the tops. The new Rossignol Diva has camber between the feet and rocker at the tips. Not sure why I love this one better but the camber between the feet makes me think this is why. I can't wait to get back on this board!
Let us know what you decide and have tried. Both boards have magnatraction, but I just really felt like the Diva did well for what I use it for. I snowboard every weekend so I have had my time on these boards....
Wish you lived out here - my hubby and I can't find anyone our age to board with - they all have bad backs or knees or some ailment to prevent them from coming with us. We have no active friends!!! We need new ones!!!
I learned to snowboard at 50! woo hoo!