Originally Posted by nicros
I used to ride a 164 custom x wide- I could never even do a butter on that thing. I don't know if it's just that I suck or the board was too long and too stiff for me to get any bend.
I really want to learn some of the basic stuff- butters, nose and tail rolls, 180s.. just small stuff.
I have a brand spanking new lib tech hot knife 159 on the way... its rated as a 5-6 for stiffness. Is this an okay board to learn these things on? Im 6'0 and 175 if that makes any difference.
Custom X is a relatively stiff board, wide will run even stiffer relative to your weight. A 164W is waaaaaay too much board for your size. It is about what I should be riding for a freeride board and I'm 210-220 lbs.
Dropping down to the Hot Knife if it's a medium flex (sounds like it is, I haven't ridden it) you will see a noticeable difference in how it rides. Should be more to your liking. 159 is a versatile size for you. A tad longer maybe than you want for a pure freestyle board, but about the right size if you're riding all-mountain, a little bit of everything.