I am trying to buy a snowboard for my 15 year old son. He is on the short side (he comes by it naturally, smile). He is 5'6" and weighs 122 pounds. He's pretty strong as he is a water polo player. We are having difficulty finding a board in a 147 -148 length. He is an intermediate to advanced rider. Until last year he was mostly a freerider. But, he has started moving into freestyle and the park. We were looking at the Gnu Rider's Choice or the NS Proto CT. However, the smallest these boards come in is 151 or 152. The weight range for the Gnu is 100-160 (or 170). While NS does not provide a weight range chart, Evo has one for NS boards on their site. It shows 110-160 for the Proto. I am worried that the boards are too long. If they are, are there comparable boards out there that are smaller? Any advice or suggestions would help!!!! Thanks!
My advice from a former son 'hoping' his dad would get the right one is to put store credit at an awesome shop where the lad can choose between a few different boards in his size range. With certain gifts, it's not wise to just wrap and stick under the tree, especially considering the $$$. Maybe I was a selfish kid, but I would think he's gonna prefer picking out 'his' new board.
Or you can take the chance that he opens it up and hates the flex, colour, graphics, etc, etc. Unless you know his exact style of riding. If he's like me, he'll be 'more' happy that he got to choose his own board and in the end you're only getting the board for your kid's happiness. But that's just how my family works - don't waste $$$ by guessing what someone else likes, lol. We all for the most part pick out our own gifts at Christmas time and in doing so nearly everything given is exactly what's needed/wanted. I did come from a 'poor' family growing up though, so when we got Christmas gifts, it was pretty much all we got all year long, unless it was a bag of chips or new t-shirt if lucky.
Not sure your scenario with $$$, but if you don't have much cash, you might wanna take the safe route and bring him along at the very least.