Considering a board change - right move?
I'm kind of cringing making another one of these posts, but here goes. I'm just transitioning from being a beginner to intermediate rider. I'm mainly hitting blues, which I'm able to take at a pretty good clip, working on getting faster and keeping my turns tighter. I feel like I'm really getting the feel of proper weight transfer, and getting a good rhythm getting edge to edge. I'm currently riding an 08 Ride DH DFC 155, which I got as a beginner board based on advice that the softer flex of a freestyle board would be good to learn on. For the first time this weekend I got to the point (speed) where I noticed some instability (very minor), and also felt like the board got tossed around by the snow when it got heavy in the afternoon. I don't ride any park, nor do I have any intentions of ever doing rails/butters/jibs etc. I do want to start doing jumps though, in addition to progressing with my speed and control. My dilema is, am I really at a level where I'll notice a performance difference with a different board? I'm also concerned with getting a board that's over my head, or that will take a big adjustment in what I'm doing (rocker/tbt), since I'm having so much fun right now - I don't want to throw a wrench in the machine. If I get a new board I'd mainly be looking for something that's maneuverable, good edge to edge, responsive, stable, yet still forgiving to an intermediate rider (read not too catchy, because I'm riding fast enough that catching an edge has consequences). So, here's my stats, and what boards I'm considering. Would appreciate any insights or advice, including if you think I should stick with my DH until I progress some more.
Boot size 9.5
Board would be paired with 07/08 390s and Salomon Maori boots
Ride Concept TMS
Capita Stairmaster Extreme
All of these would be in the 155ish range
Last edited by buggravy; 02-02-2009 at 08:19 PM.