So I just got my new (first!) snowboard yesterday and all excited I went to try it at a local hill today.... and now I'm wondering what the hell I got myself into!
Background - I started snowboarding last year, went maybe 3 times then and once this year. I rented equipement until now, I was nicely progressing and linking turns and was even considering going on the "blue" trails.
I shopped for boards and after taking the advice of someone who's been in the business (and boarding) for years (he is not the one who sold me a board. He only had a couple women's board left and told me they wouldnt work well for me and was very honest about it and still spent an hour going over different boards with me) I bought a Burton Feelgood.
I got on the bunny hill and it was like day 1 all over again. I kept falling. It goes FAST. Then I'd catch an edge. I got the hang of the edges a bit by the end of the day but I have a LOT of trouble on my toe side and I get scared cause the thing flies and I don't feel I have good control on it.
I had been looking at a Burton Social and a K2 Luna as alternatives, but went for the higher end/more advanced board as I was told it wouldn't be that much harder to get used to, and I have no intentions of hitting the park anytime in the near (and possibly far) future.
Did I get something I'll take forever to handle or is this normal on a new board that is waxed? Is this board out of my capacities and I should promptly retire it to the closet/put it on Craiglist and get something else until I get better??? Or stick with it? The conditions were a little more icy/hard snow today than I've ridden in - is that a big factor too?
Any thoughts appreciated as well as advice as to how to get use to this board if any...
I'm kinda bummed that instead of doing better on something else than the crap rentals I am taking a big step back