New Rider, Old Board
This is my first season snowboarding. I skied a lot as a kid, tried it again 10 years later and decided that I want to give this snowboarding thing a try. Rented a board, hit the bunny hill and spent the last hour of daylight cartwheeling onto my butt.
I decided that if sucking at snowboarding was that much fun, being good must be awesome.
Since then, I've had one group lesson, a few days on the hill with more experienced boarders, and watched all the snowprofessor.com videos. I can link up my turns, keep my upper body from flailing frantically, and I've quit falling down quite so much. Everyone else says I'm doing great, but I feel frustrated with the slow rate of my progression.
I'm riding my boyfriend's old 2004 154 Rome Solution, which the internet informs me is a pretty good board to start on. Unfortunately, it's seen a great many rocks and rails in its day and the base looks like it starred in-but did not survive-a slasher flick. There's one minor core shot.
On top of that, I'm 5'4", 140lbs and not sure I'm big enough to manhandle it as completely as I'd like. Is this thing slowing me down, or am I just making excuses?