My japan board is a malolo. Its good on groomers and stable at speed but unless the snow is deep it isn't particularly agile. As I was saying, a malolo will work ok in Australia but it's definitely not ideal. The difference between Australian and Japanese snow conditions is simply too vast for one board to slay them both.
Think where youre going to do most of your boarding, if it's aus then get a board that is geared toward those conditions, to use Burton as an example you could be well served with a custom (not the best for japan but excellent for aus) custom v rocker (better for powder than regular custom but a little less stable on ice) or maybe a supermodel (cambered with a tapered shape)
I definitely wouldn't recommend only getting a malolo. I have a malolo and a standard custom and the malolo basically won't ever see Australian snow because we only get a true powder day about once every 5 years. My custom is far better suited to our conditions.
Don't be worried about the unfarmiliar board either, if you can get down the mountain on one board you can in another.
It also depends on how good you are as a rider as well. Theres not a lot of point in getting a powder board if you aren't going to be going off piste or through the trees. If you're still sticking to groomers then dont concern yourself with a board you aren't going to really use.
Last edited by Reede; 04-18-2010 at 07:58 AM.