Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Calgary, Canada
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although i generally agree with what eastside says, i would advise against rentals.
buy a cheap, intro board used (there should be LOTS on you local used item website) and get on that bad boy the first 2weeks of the season, or even if you're able to get out a bit more this season. when you feel more confident, sell the used one, take advantage of pre-season/clearance sales.
that's what i did. bought my first set up for $200, sold it for $200. Probably saved myself close to $100 in not having to rent during those 2days at panorama.
then, i bought a pickle for $400 on sale.
the trick is to sell it early in the next season. my experience selling gear is that its a LOT easier to do before christmas and boxing day.
either way, glad you're liking the sport enough to think about getting your own gear!!
If your board is in perfect condition at the end of the season, you're doing it wrong!