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Old 10-08-2009, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Weight : I am 144-150 on a good day LoL
Boot size: 11 womens. I am tall
Riding style (do you like to charge steeps? Spin 7's/9's, ride groomers?) I am a beginner so I want a board that will progress with me and it has to be cheap and last a while so my parents don't whine.
Age (are you still growing and puttin on weight?) I am 14 at the moment. Have like an inch left in me. My weight is pretty static though.
budget (if you have one) Cheap but good quality because my parents would most likely be buying it
Your location of riding: Probably Blue Hills Massachusetts. It's a mellow hill. Maybe going to Vermont and New Hampshire when I get better though.
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Weight : I am 144-150 on a good day LoL
Boot size: 11 womens. I am tall
Riding style (do you like to charge steeps? Spin 7's/9's, ride groomers?) I am a beginner so I want a board that will progress with me and it has to be cheap and last a while so my parents don't whine.
Age (are you still growing and puttin on weight?) I am 14 at the moment. Have like an inch left in me. My weight is pretty static though.
budget (if you have one) Cheap but good quality because my parents would most likely be buying it
Your location of riding: Probably Blue Hills Massachusetts. It's a mellow hill. Maybe going to Vermont and New Hampshire when I get better though.

Get a burton board or something similar like that. You can probably find a leftover board in the 200's just to learn on. I'd prob go with a 156-157 and maybe wide if possible. There are these bindings called flux emblems that are cheap but good. I think I paid 120$ shipped
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Old 10-09-2009, 12:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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K2 Luna $180 at REI and a great board to learn on! K2 Luna Snowboard - Women's at REI.com

Rome Vinyl $185 at Sierra. Scroll down on the page for last year's model Rome Vinyl Womens Snowboard Reviews & Sale | SierraSnowboard.com

Burton Lux $180 Scroll down on the page for last year's model Burton Lux Womens Snowboard Reviews & Sale | SierraSnowboard.com
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Snowboard Sizing Guide, Size Calculator

This should help you get your size down. It's not completely accurate, but it's a good guideline.

Like everyone says, your boots are the most important part of your gear. They have to fit just right or else your feet will hurt, they will be cold, &/or it'll be harder to control your board (if they are too big). Try on a bunch and buy the best fitting ones, they don't have to be the most expensive or the most recognizable brand out there. They just have to fit you perfect.

Your board doesn't have to be top quality super expensive, because after 2 or 3 years, you'll probably want something new. So get a good beginner board. Something with a lot of "forgiveness" (like cruise control edges). This will cut down on the amount of times you catch an edge and bail. Also, the longer the board, the faster it'll go and the less control you'll have. Obviously, you don't want this. If you get a board that's a little shorter than recommended, you'll still be able to rip it up and go fast, however you'll find it easier to contol (again, less chances of bailing). Also, having a shorter board is easier to spin when you start trying 180's etc.

Shop the sales(09 gear), don't be affraid to buy used (if in good condition), and don't cheap out on boots.

Start getting stoked, welcome to boarding.
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How tall are you exactly? With size 11 boots though, you'll want to pay close attention to the width measurements on boards, to avoid toe drag. I sometimes buy women's size 11 sneaks b/c it's a men's size 9.5 haha.
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