Rode yesterday, HOOKED, need board advice
Finally was able to hit the slopes at Bear Mountain, CA, and try out snowboarding. Got a rental (burton ltr), took a lesson, and loved it, I'm hooked!
Only was able to stay about a half day, but caught on pretty quick. I'm comfortable with both edges, and able to link turns with ease. I've played hockey my whole life, and I think that really helped with balance and edge control.
Anyway, my in-laws just bought a cabin in Big Bear, so now I MUST get a board. Figure the best time to buy is right now, as many boards are heavily discounted.
I've read up on this forum, and found a few recommendations, but wanted to get some direct feedback. At this point I'm really only looking to freeride, and don't see myself hitting the park (but you never know). I'll probably only be able to go about five times a year, mostly Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.
I'm 5'10, 180lbs, shoe size 10.
Some of the boards that I came across on sale would be:
-Burton Custom V-Rocker 2010 ($280)
-Capita Sierrascope 2010 ($250, maybe $180 on buy/sell)
-Sierra Crew 2010 ($150)
-NS SL-R 2009 ($275 - near new)
1. Seems like a camber board is more suited for free-riding, but I read a rocker is helpful for beginners, as it is more forgivable. As a newbie, looking to gain experience, yet mainly interestedd in freeriding, am I better with one over the other?
2. Size: Given my weight, I think I should be about 156-158cm. That sound about right? Would 158 be better for freeriding? Maybe even more so if I get a rocker?
3. Your pick from the boards above? I'm welcome to other recommendations, but would like to keep the board under $300.
That's it for now. Thanks in advance for your help, hopefully I can buy one soon before stock runs out on some of these boards.