Sold the wrong board?
I have just returned from a snowboarding trip to Bulgaria. Snow conditions were terrible and a lot of ice. No new snow for about 3 weeks...
Anyway...I am a beginner/intermediate boarder and I currently use a Burton Clash, 155cm cambered board. I bought that board years ago knowing nothing and relying entirely on the shop assistant telling a complete noob what would be a good board. This board has served me well but I just felt like I wanted a new board. I did not know what the heck a camber was until a few days ago.
Anyway, I bought a new board on a slight impulse whilst in Bulgaria. I did do some reading but I asked the shop assistant for advice since I know very little about boards. I go once a year if at all possible but don't really have anything to do with the sport beyond that. So I guess I am still a noob.
I told the man in the shop that I was looking for a board for beginner/intermediate because i am no longer a complete beginner. He looked at my Burton Clash and said it was a "beginner-beginner board" and that it was way too big for me. I am 168cm tall woman and weight about 66 kilos. I told him I wanted to ride on the groomed slopes, I don't do tricks or off-piste so I was looking for a board that would help me improve control and speed. He then showed me a SIMS Rules! 148cm board and said this would be a good board to move on with. I went away and tried to find something about the board online but couldn't really find much. However, I read about rocker and camber and still didn't quite get it. Anyway, I bought the board and spent the next 3 hours falling over on the baby slopes as I could not get the board to turn.
I then messaged SIMS and asked them about the board I bought and they said:
"This is the Rules! from the 11/12 season. It's a true twin, all mtn freestyle board with our EZ Rocker (full rocker) camber technology, which is a looser, more skate inspired freestyle ride. It sounds like your Burton board is traditional camber (more freeride oriented) which is a very different ride that the Rules!. Based on what you have communicated, we believe that you have been sold the wrong board."
So I was very annoyed. Anyway, I asked some more friends and snowboarders and read online and there are many people saying that rocker boards are perfectly fine for just riding groomed slopes and that they are in fact easier to turn than cambered boards, especially in powder.
I know you can say: you should research what you buy but I feel that I should be able to trust a sales assistant's advice, not everyone understands the technical side of things. If we all did, we wouldn't need shop assistants at all. How will I know that the next shop assistant will give me the right advice, seeing as this one has apparently given me the wrong advice?
So I am now very much confused. Should I cut my losses and sell this board on and go back to a cambered board? Or is it simply a case of adjusting my technique with a couple of lessons and happily use the board to go down the groomed slopes?
Any advice is welcome.