Hi everyone, so I had my very first "real" day of boarding today at Loveland and had a really good time. I say "real" as I had only just picked up boarding late last season during a lesson (I had taken two previous lessons when I lived in Utah about 10 years ago and I totally sucked at boarding so gave up).
Anyway... about a month or two I posted that I had picked up a Burton entry-level "Clash" 145 board. I'm 5'6" and weigh 160. I was advised by many here that I should've gone much longer, maybe 155-160 or so.
So today I had what I felt was a pretty good day of boarding--I definitely felt in control most of the day--and my only concern was sometimes if I'm either going pretty much straight downhill or facing the hill as I'm carving across the mountain... it felt too fast. I realize this should "slow down" for me as I get better feel and balance.
I'm not saying this to pick a fight, just genuinely curious... what would I gain right now from a longer board? I can always get a longer board after this season (and give this one to my circus short wife
) but I felt really comfortable on this pretty short board today.
Is it all just personal preference, don't worry about the charts on the internet say?
I will say, my toes do drape a little over the board, but it didn't create any issues for me today. As I get more aggressive, will this potentially be an issue? (I'd estimate they drape about 1" over the edge, but the toe of my boot sort of flips up so it's not like it's flush against the board, if that makes sense?)
Thanks to all of you for your input. I had a flippin' blast today! I'm 46 and had been skiing about 10 years and am pretty okay at it... boarding really humbled me, but now that I feel I'm picking it up I am totally digging it!
By the way, Loveland was awesome today--I've never been this early in the season, but the snow wasn't bad at all and the weather was... PERFECT.