Board size/type help/opinion
This is my first season snowboarding, and i managed to get a little bit over 3 weeks on the mountain. I think i picked it up fairly well (i've been skateboarding before) and i ended up riding pretty much only the black runs, as well as a lot of powder (through the trees and over the streams).
I rode on a nitro fuser 159W, forum faction bindings, and northwave legend boots.
I would like to try cat skiing next season, and im thinking if i should obtain a different board for that. I'm really confused by the many parameters involved here - type, flex, length...
While i was able to ride my board pretty much everywhere (the last couple of days i did slides on a fun box and tried jumping off kickers and moguls) i'm under the impression that it's either too small or perhaps too flexible.
I'm 189cm (6'2") tall and a bit heavyset - 95kg. The board is declared to weights up to 75kg if im not mistaking, but thats what they recommended when i was buying.
I've been reading a lot but i still cant figure how riding experience changes when you change your board... For now, riding pow seems like i could use a bit more nose. It feels like i really need to pull the nose hard in order to catch powder and change direction. It's not like i bite the snow often, it just gets a bit exhausting after a while.
When going through moguls it seems like a stiffer, and perhaps longer board would do the trick.
So, if i have made a mistake by going 159W fuser, should i be buying just a longer fuser (or same type of board) or should i be getting something different... and longer if i plan to spend a part of next season riding powder more than anything else?
I plan to borrow some 167 burton board from a friend which he simply refers to as "freeride board", and give it a shot. He's about my height, mybe even a tad taller and a bit heavier, and he rides an even smaller board, something like 156 or so, doesn't even bring the freeride one along because he says its just huge...