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Old 03-06-2009, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can she get away with riding this board in this size?

ok so shes been boarding 4 or 5 times or so and is just learning to do skidded turns. her board is a handme down from her sister in law who is a VERY good rider wanting to turn pro at one point. she gave one of her boards...a Burton Feel Good size 151 to her. she is 5'3 115lbs. The calculator says she needs a 143 but can she learn on this board or is that a very bad idea for her.

if it may be more difficult for her to ride this board but in the end pose greater benefits then that is cool. just not sure if shes just spinning her wheels and putting her safety at risk if ridnig a board this size in comparison to her height and weight. you guys will know better than i. was wondergin if you can provide some input.

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Old 03-06-2009, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It definitely won't speed her progress. Riders of that level have not yet learned to do a proper carve or "S" turn, and will be fighting that extra length all day long. 8cm doesn't seem like much, but it's very significant to a rider at that level. Do her a favor and get her on a properly sized board, and her enjoyment of the sport will increase, and her frustrations (and yours) will quickly diminish.
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Given her weight, the board will feel like a 2x4 in terms of stiffness. A shorter, softer board will not only be easier for her to manipulate, but will be more forgiving.
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This year's Feelgood 152 has a weight range from 110 - 155 pounds. She should be fine on the board, especially if she has some idea of what she is doing. Is it the ideal size to learn on? No, but it will work, and free is good right now. The Feelgood also is not a stiff board (not soft either).

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ok cool. so you guys would DEF have her learn on a 143 then upgrade from there instead upgrading from this board to learn on.

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This year's Feelgood 152 has a weight range from 110 - 155 pounds. She should be fine on the board, especially if she has some idea of what she is doing. Is it the ideal size to learn on? No, but it will work, and free is good right now. The Feelgood also is not a stiff board (not soft either).

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she has an 05 board. how did you find the weight ?

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I just went to Burton.com and looked at the specs. The weight range doesn't change much from year to year. My wife had the same Feelgood back in 2005 and she is 120.

I also just checked the old catalogs (I keep them, back to early '90s). The 2005 catalog doesn't have specs, but the 2006 weight range was 100 - 140. She should be fine. The board is used, so it will be softer too.

Final words of advice: 90% rider, 10% board.

If she is having problems, get her a lesson.

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