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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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If you've been using rentals up to now, you're faced with this problem with any board you buy that's above a bargain-basement level.
First, you now have a board that's actually been waxed, and doesn't have a base that's hacked to crap. So yeah, it'll go faster. I don't know about that specific board, but if it's a sintered base, then faster still. It actually still has edges, so some catching. The point is, you're probably not suffering from anything specific to the board -- you're most likely suffering from changing to something different from what you're used to, and you don't have enough experience yet to be able to adjust easily. You're going to get that no matter what you buy, at your level. As to how long it'll take to adjust, my guess would be one full day of riding - two at the outside. After that, you'll find yourself being able to do things that you couldn't on the rental board.
Some adjustment time is necessary when you switch to a new board. It gets shorter as you get better, but I don't know if it ever goes away completely.
And yeah, you go faster on ice/snowcrete. And control is sketchier because you have to put more edge on to get control, which beginners don't tend to be good at.
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Last edited by Donutz; 03-04-2011 at 06:37 PM.