What's up ya'll?
So I am now in Colorado for school and man I am itching to snowboard. Did it for a week with some friends back in 2006 and loved it. I picked it up suppppper fast I thought. Easily doing blues by the end of the week and some short blacks. I just kept pushing myself to try and keep up with my friends. It was good for me. I went down hard a few times but man I love that kind of stuff. Even went off a jump day 4 and got KO'd for 30 minutes. Yeah lesson learned...wear a helmet. Anyways........
I have been doing research about everything snowboard the past few weeks and I have learned a lot. I am kind of an awkward shaped dude. Fuckin' tall. 6'3. Skinny dude too. 155-160 on a good day. Shoes of about 10.5-11. Checking out gear online and I am thinking that a mid-wide board would be best for me. I understand heel and toe hang is a big no no for carving so I don't want any of that. Lookin at boards around 258-263mm waist. What kind of riding do I plan on doing?
Well I guess no body knows for sure when they first begin snowboarding but park seems like where I will be most of the time once I get the fundamentals down. Flying down steep hills with deep pow doesn't really sound too appealing to me. Carving on grooved runs seems like where I will want to be if I'm not in the park. When I snowboarded back in 06 the board I was using was hard to make sharp fast turns. I'm guessing that they gave me a long directional board for stability and it was fine I guess.. But...Doing sharp turns and making fast cuts seems more fun to me than getting high speed and big swooping turns. So I have come down to a few boards that would suite me well...Need ya'lls thoughts though.
First off the K2 Raygun wide 157 seems like a legit all mountain board. I hear great things about this board. It has that all terrain rocker shape which is cool. I have read some places this is a good park board and others say not so much. Seems like this board might be better on mountain than in the park.
Second choice is the K2 WWW Rocker wide 156. Man I have watched some videos of this board and it seems super buttery and flexible. This board looks better in park but not as good all mountain. But seeing as that I don't really want to ride tough mountain runs much do you think this board will be good?
This leads me into a more broad question which is highly variable but what size board do you guys think would be best for me? I mean I am tall but I am light and kinda have a small foot for my size. It seems like a smaller board would be easier to maneuver which is what I seek more than fast boards. Also with a size 11 foot is a mid-wide board a good and safe choice for me?
Some other boards I have been looking at have been the Rome Manual, Rome Garage rocker, Forum Recon, Burton Blunt, and the Nitro Pro Series. All these boards are wide with about 262-265 waist. I am also trying to keep costs down and not try to spend over $300 for a new board seeing as I am in college and need to get all the other equipment as well.
So to sum this up about what size boards should I be looking at to ride? 155-159? I am pretty sure I will pick up snowboarding really fast again seeing as I usually pick stuff up like snowboarding pretty naturally. What are some things I should be looking for in a board? Are mid-wide to wide boards for me? What are some good ways to save money in snowboarding? Any advice for someone about to get ready for their first season? I am going to rent gear the first time this year and if I feel like I will enjoy snowboarding then I will go out and buy all my own stuff. Anyways I appreciate you for reading all this if you have made it this far. Looking forward to learning a lot on this site!