Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced... How to know?
I'll be doing a season in BC at the end of the year (2010-2011 season), and want to pick up a board between now and then. I'm having a hard time at the moment finding out what boards are suited to what level of rider.
With big ol' Burton it's easy using their board finder application on the website. You put in your height, wight, proficiency, snow type etc and it spits out half a dozen boards that best match your criteria. This is great.
I want to keep an open mind though and look at other brands as well, but their websites are either damn confusing or just don't present the info in any meaningful way. How am I meant to know what Lib-Tech board caters to advanced-beginners, or what GNU board will be best to progress on?
For the record, I am looking at the 2010 Burton Joystick purely because Burton 'tells' me it will be a great board for my needs. But I don't want to buy it simply because I am ignorant of the alternatives. So can anyone help me out, either by teaching me how to decipher the product specs to get meaningful info, or to even recommend a board for me. I am a beginner, but I picked it up relatively easily, and I will be doing a full 5 month season and boarding every day so I want something that I can really progress on. I'll be at Big White so groomers and powder predominantly, and I think I'll have a go in the park as well for shits and giggles.
Finally, can people tell me when the board season starts and ends? For instance, when will companies start to introduce 2011 boards? I am asking mainly because I want to know when the 2010 boards start to go on sale.
Thanks for your help!
Last edited by mickyg; 02-02-2010 at 04:53 PM.