Hey guys, I'm actually the same dimensions as the original poster (5'10, 160lbs) and I am shopping for a new board to butter and do a little park with this coming season.
I've only been boarding for 2 years, but I'd like to begin learning how to butter and hit a few boxes and small jumps. I've narrowed it down to a few boards, but I'm curious about size as well. I currently use a 157cm board to freeride/carve with. I see you guys all agree that a 154cm would be best for our dimensions for park.
Question: why go so much smaller with a freestyle/park board?
I figured that it would be easier to butter with a longer board? What are the physics behind going shorter? Easier to control and ride switch?