Going to try and keep this short. I am from South Africa and our snow and shops are really limited. We have 2 resorts, with limited natural snow, mostly 1 groomed run per resort of between 800 Ė 1.4km depending on the weather. See attached picture.
I would consider myself a real newbie and currently have the following kit,
- Boots, Burton Grail, bought them new and they are a good fit and still almost new
- Bindings, Burton Cobrashark, was the only bindings I could get my hands on
- Board, Gnu 164cm, no idea what board model and year, got it for R300 which is about $30
We only have 2 shops in South Africa, with very limited stock when it comes to boards and bindings, as the market is way too small for them to stock a wide range. I am now in the position to buy a new board and bindings, although these will be either bought from eBay or some online store in the US that is willing to ship to South Africa. I donít need the latest and greatest 2014 gear, due to our limited time we can spend boarding and also the shipping costs on a board almost equals the board price.
I do spend some time during the year on the ski deck, carpet covered deck where we can practise at one of the shops and then once, maybe twice a year will go to the resort.
- Boarding, carpet deck and groomed slope
- Height 1.8m (6 Feet)
- Weight 230lbs
Based on my limited boarding time what is the best newbie board and bindings I should look at? Taking into account, no need to be 2014 gear, just good kit that will work for me and my conditions and the fact that I will have to buy and ship to South Africa.
And why do you need new board and bindings? Whats wrong with current ones? I would say order a snowboard repair and tuning kit, keep your edges sharp, base waxed and on that bunny hill you'll ne just fine
Well there are a lot of boards that would work for a beginner, finding a board at a reasonable price that ships to South Africa is going to be the tricky part. I would shop around online and find a list of boards within your price rage that will ship to where you live and we can help you narrow things down from there. I have no experience with carpet decks so I'm not sure if some boards will be more suited to this. 164 is a pretty good size for you, but on such a small hill anything over 160 would probably work.
I am asking for advice, based on what I have and the access to snow we have.
If what I have is fine then cool.
For a new rider with such limited access to snow your probably good with what you have for now. The board is roughly the right size and Cobra Sharks are a decent binding. Some boards are easier to learn on than others, but it's probably not worth the additional expense when you already have something good enough to get you started.
You don't need a wide board, you will find it easier to go from edge to edge on a normal width board.
As others said keep your money and holiday somewhere cold and rent a snowboard and when you rent you can work out what size and brands feel good and go from there.
I didn't even know South Africa had snow. Thanks for the Picture