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New Board For Petite Gfriend...please help

Hi,im tryin to buy a setup for my girlfriend shes about 5ft and 97 llbs and a size 4 boot..so were lookin at around the 139cm size range which isnt easy to find.

was lookin at the lux vrocker 2012 and 2011
and the compact 2011 or 2010

anyone recommendations on those boards? they are all rocker type boards. is that ok for a beginner? they are also all twin tip and a friend of mine said directional is easier to learn with
curious if this is true or not.

any other recommendations for boards would be appreciated
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Compact over Lux any day.

Signal Vita comes in 135... Sintered base and made with love in CA.

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Hi,im tryin to buy a setup for my girlfriend shes about 5ft and 97 llbs and a size 4 boot..so were lookin at around the 139cm size range which isnt easy to find.

was lookin at the lux vrocker 2012 and 2011
and the compact 2011 or 2010

anyone recommendations on those boards? they are all rocker type boards. is that ok for a beginner? they are also all twin tip and a friend of mine said directional is easier to learn with
curious if this is true or not.

any other recommendations for boards would be appreciated
Arbor Cadence comes in a 139. Never Summer Pandora comes in a 140 (1cm won't matter much). I personally don't think directional or twin matters so much for beginners, but cambering does matter I think. Most rocker boards feel kind of "loose," like they want to spin like a top. It's easier to turn I suppose, but it's almost *too* easy. It might be personal preference, but I think it's better in the long run to learn on a hybrid camber like with the Pandora. GNU's C2BTX boards are also hybrid camber but I think they might not make boards so small.

I'm just a tiny bit taller (5'1") and heavier (secret) than your gf, but her feet are way smaller than mine. Another forum-goer named lilfoot is about the same height/weight/shoe-size as your gf and she rides a Pandora.

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I also wear a size 4 boot and am about the same size as your girlfriend. It took me a lot of time and money to figure out that the small boot size profoundly affects a person's ability to ride well. A person with a small boot will have little leverage on the toe side of a board, so turning will be very difficult. Stick to very torsionally soft boards for her. Even mid-stiff, all-mountain boards will feel bulky and awkward.

Your girlfriend will be fine on anything between 138 and 142cm.

I personally love love love my Never Summer Pandora 140. I think it offers more than any other soft board on the market for small riders. It is flexible and easy to turn, yet the dampening (hard to find on a park board) and the RC camber allow for a very stable ride. I also love the Vario Grip edges.

So....some great boards for little people
Capita Space Metal Fantasy
Gnu B-street
Never Summer Pandora
Salomon Gypsy
Roxy Ollie Pop

The Ride Compact is a popular board for beginners. I'd recommend it over the Lux. A lot of people report a strange flex on the Lux

By the way, what boots is she wearing? Salomon sells a size 4 adult boot if you're looking for the right fit....
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Solomon boots!

I have firmly believed for the past 10 years, no boot is better then Solomon. N I don't know much about boards for short ppl...that's why I'm here haha
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lilfoot right now shes wearing some youth crap boots. def gonna upgrade.

wow thank you guys so much for the quick input. really appreciate it.
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