New and need a board...i think
I learned to snowboard on my own on a trip to Whistler a few weeks ago. I was linking turns pretty easily by the time I left. I'm leaning towards getting my own board, already planning our return trip to Whistler next January and I know I'll go at least once a year somewhere. I've been wrestling with whether or not to buy one, sometimes I feel like I'm too old to take it up now. I mean it's fine to go on trips, but feel like maybe I should just stick to renting since I don't live anywhere close to mountains. So I'd like to ask you guys what I should get if I do decide to get one.
Boot size: 12
Riding style: I really like to just cruise with some moderate speed, maybe hit some small jumps occassionally but nothing serious.
budget: I'd like to not spend more than $800 for board, boots and bindings.
Your location of riding: Anywhere I plan a trip to. Definitely going back to Whistler next year, but that doesn't rule out Winterplace in West Virginia(closest place in driving distance) and if I'm not totally ruined by the complete awesomeness of Whistler perhaps Colorado in the next couple years.
I really don't want to get a board that limits me, even though I don't have any delusions about what I'll be doing. I honestly fell in love with snowboarding and will never step foot into skis again. There's nothing like it that I've ever done. Is it worth it to invest in something that's only going to be used 5-8 days a year? I'm just worried that always using a rental will not allow me to progress into a little bit of speed that I'm wanting.