Intermediate Boarder Looking For A New Board
Hey guys, my name is Nick and I live in Canada. I started skiing when I was 3 and stopped when I was 10. At the age of 10 I started snowboarding and I am now 18. I'm about 5'7 give or take an inch and weigh about 120 lbs so i'm a small guy. I have had 2 different boards in the past. My first was an Elan I picked up at Sportcheck along with some crappy boots and bindings, but who cares, I had just started. Then I got a Forum Youngblood 143 I think 4 years ago. I don't really have any complaints, its just getting on the small side. I picked up a pair of 2006 Burton Driver X's at the end of the year for cheap and love them. They are a size 9.5.
Anyways, I'm not a big park guy, I just love cruising the mountain, doing anything from green to black, usually just riding long blues and such, occasionally doing small jumps in the terrain park, but that is very minor. I'm not technical at all with my snowboard to be honest, I don't know a darned thing about forward lean or angle of my bindings or w/e, its pathetic. My old board is narrow since its only a 143 and I had big feet for my size back when I bought the board so the guy I bought it from angled the bindings so I wouldn't get toe drag and I have left it like that ever since. So any tips on that stuff would be great. And also the back of my bindings are straight up, i've never angled those either. Should fool around with that one day. And my bindings are some shatty liquid ones, so any suggestions on bindings are also welcome.
I ride at the local hill maybe twice a year as its 2 hours away and very small(it's literally an oversized hill). I do go to the mountains 2-3 times a year in alberta. We go to Lake Louise, Norquay, Sunshine and once to Nakiska. Lake Louise is where I learned to ski and board, and is where I got most often. So yeah, I hope this gives you a good idea of my riding ability and ignorance towards the technical aspects. I'm kinda partial to Burton ATM as my friends have recently picked up some Burton boards and are raving about them. I'm looking to buy within the next week to take advantage of any boxing week sales too, but it wouldn't be horrible to wait till February and buy a board in Banff when I'm there. Feel free to ask any other questions if I have left any crucial info and; thanks for reading my dragged out first post and thanks for any suggestions! Happy boarding.