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Old 11-06-2007, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What do you look for in a board for East Coast vs. West Coast?

Just curious - do you prefer a stiffer board for one side over the other? Looking at stuff like the ice and man made shite that seems to permeate smaller east coastish places (not to mention my native midwest!).

So if you could have ideal features for either environment, what would you prefer in which?
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The generalization is that for the east coast you'd want a shorter stick with a bit more flex since the mountains are smaller and we get very little deep powder so everything here is more freestyle oriented in fact most of the resorts below VT are basically small hills and a nice terain park.

It depends though, because everyone is different.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Longer = hard to turn/spin, better float
Shorter = easier to turn/spin, less float (need to set stance back or lean MF)
Stiffer = harder to turn (based on torsional flex), better at high speeds, easier landing huge kickers, sucks on rails
Softer = easier to turn, Chatter at high speeds and won't go fast, sketch out on big landers, awesome on rails

Small to medium with soft the medium flex for east coast
Medium to long with medium flex to stiff, stiff for powder medium for big park and backcountry kickers
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