Hello, I'm looking for a board for my 9 year old son for next year and would like some advice. This was his second season riding and he is progressing pretty fast. He likes buttering hitting fun boxes and playing in the half pipe. He is able to do board slides, nose slides, ride switch, and just barely air out of the mini pipe.
He has been riding a 110 burton chopper this year. Its a little on the small side but he does good on it. He is at 76 pounds and I am thinking maybe of getting him a 120 for next season. Now one of the things i'm not so sure about, Is a Burton chopper in the 120 size a good board for him. Some reason I think the chopper boards are more begginer oriented then say a gnu mini danny kass? Just wanted to here what boards you guys recommend and what you think of a Burton chopper for him compared to the little more expensive kids boards. I am pretty sure next year he will advance quite a bit.
thanks for your reply's
I'm a firm believer that for kids that are just starting out you should get them on boards that are at the short end of the range, and I often jump into these kids threads disagreeing with people who their kid go on about how their kids weighs 50 lbs and learned just fine on a cambered 135 they borrowed from their older brother, blah blah blah.
However if your kid is a decent rider already then you can go towards the upper end of the range in both weight and board quality. He's almost certainly beyond the chopper, in the burton line it's time for the custom smalls if he's a park/freeride sort of kid, and consider the ProTest from burton if he's a speed demon.
The custom smalls is Flying V in profile, so still pretty friendly in terms of catchiness so it won't be that tricky for him, lots of fun in the park.
If he's 76 lbs I would go either 125 cm in the custom smalls or 130 cms, which would give him a bit of room to grow, more likely 130.
For comparison I've got two kids who learned 3 years ago and they're on the hill about 40 days a year. My older kid is a 12 year old, 100 lbs, riding a 134 cm girls version of the custom smalls (feelgood smalls), which is a flying V shape, she's a good enough rider to get an instructor level but too young for it. I found a burton ProTest on sale and bought it for her - it's a stiffer deck, cambered, and she hated it, couldn't do presses and spins etc like she could with the flying V. Her sister, 9 years old and 62 lbs jumped on it, and loves it; she's not into tricks but has a more carvy style, and the Protest works for her.
Your kid sounds like a park kid so I'd say custom smalls. If he turns into speed demon consider the ProTest.