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Old 03-01-2009, 12:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone! I have a question to ask concerning about a snowboard that my girlfriend just recently bought.

She got a new snowboard called Firefly Divane 08 from SportsChek.

"The Divane has the wide classic directional drop shape with tip to tail radius,
medium set back stance, Poplar Beech wood core, biaxial sandwich construction,
ABS sidewalls and an IS 4400 extruded belt ground base."

The reason she bought it was because it was EXTREMELY cheap and the graphics was pretty appealing.
Then she took it for a ride but she realized that it was very "slippery" and somewhat hard to control even while skating on it (comparing to the rentals at the resort.)

Then, I researched on her board and I realized that her board was for the committed boarders. (I guess it means for the ones who knows how to snowboard already.)
I know that boards for newbies usually has a bump in the centre instead of laying flat on the ground, so that they could have more control over the board.

Currently, my girlfriend is learning her heelside and j-turns.
I am really worried that if she continues riding her board, she won't be able to learn her basic skills properly.

So my question is, if she continues using her board, will she grow out of it and be just fine or is she going to have a very hard time learning for basic skills?

Should I sell her board and get her a more suitable one?

Best Rgds,

Thank you for your help

Last edited by manhou87; 03-01-2009 at 01:00 AM.
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Firefly is very entry level and more than suitable for the beginner and occasional snowboarder. If she is going to be out once a week or more she may progress out of it within a year but it will be ok for a beginner.
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