Hey, I'm helping my girlfriend look for her own board for the upcoming Australian season. She'll be working for the season up there riding most days for around 3-4 months, she's only ridden 3 days so shes still very much a beginner.
So we're looking for an all mountain board on the softer side that'll help her progress and enjoy riding as much as possible. Board needs to be around the 150cm mark (150 lbs, 5"6'), twin tip. I haven't been looking at boards since there was the hype over reverse camber so i dunno what's going on in the industry i that respect anymore, ca anyone suggest a camber style?
Have briefly been looking around and she quite likes the specs and decals on the Salomon Lily which we'd try to find in the 148.
Can anyone else suggest some boards or specs we should be looking for?
My wife just started this season. She is riding a Burton Feelgood Flying V. It's a mixed camber and, if I may say, she's doing amazingly well for 4 times. Just pick a good board that's the right size and she'll learn on whatever. People make too big of a deal on the type of the board at first. I learned on a mixed camber Never Summer and it was great. I was running blues at high speeds on my 5th time out. Good luck.
Cheers for the suggestions, Theres a really cheap Flow Jewel 09/10 i can get within the next 3 hours within Australia (cheap shipping!), its a softer board, designed for park (specifically jibbing), however the manufacturer says its suitable for all mountain riding (i've heard that before).
We mainly ride hard packed and groomers with the odd powder day thrown in (nothing comparable to northern hemisphere snow though). Snow is very slow and slushy for around 1/3-1/4 of the season.
I don't know much about Flow, but if you can get it for a great price and it's fairly soft, it'd be a good board to learn on. When she outgrows it, she'll have a better idea of what she likes in a board and then you can splurge on something nicer.