hey guys, sorry for asking a question that is littered around this place, I just thought it would be better to ask in this thread. I'm still a bit daunted by all the differences in boards and which boards are good for what and the strengths and advantages of different boards etc. I haven't attempted buying one before so I'm a bit confused. I've looked through many threads on here asking, but none of those (from what I can gather) are Australian posters. I read somewhere that depending when you go up, a lot of the snow on Aussie mountains is from snow makers and that this can effect the choice of which board you should get. Is this true? Should I be worrying about this at all? I mainly go to Falls.
If you're still new to buying gear and not looking at importing the cheaper options from the US, then you're better off heading into your local board shop with 2 main questions in mind.
1), what type of boarding will you be doing? All Mountain, Freestyle, Freeride
2), your weight/shoe size - There's size specific charts on most boards with a rough guide of what you need, if you have big feet 10.5-11+ then you might want to checkout the wider boards.
Since you're 70kg and want to do more of the freeride/carving, then a 156-158cm will do you fine, feel free to add a few CM if you're comfortable with turns/speed...
As for brands, it really depends on how much you're willing to spend, most of the common brands are safe zones Burton/LT/GNU/NS/K2 if there's something you haven't heard of then look it up first - just remember to get the right style of board within that brand and you should be sweet.