I'm relatively new to snowboarding. I rode a snowboard for the first time in my life about 6 weeks ago. I immediately became addicted to snowboarding. I now practice about 5 hours per week at an indoor snowdome. I have 8 years of skateboarding experience, and -I hope this doesn't sound to narcissistic- appear to be very talented at snowboarding.
I'm paying about $20 for snowboard and boots rental per week, so I think it's time to buy my own gear before I go bankrupt.
I encountered a small problem tough. Usually you choose a snowboard which fits the level of skill you are at. But I feel like I'm improving really really fast, and I don't want to buy a board which matches my current level of skill but holds me back a couple of months later. So basically my question is: Is it smart to buy a board which is made for people with a higher level of skill than the level I'm currently at?
Also, maybe you have some suggestions for a good board for me? I first wanted to buy the DC Tone 11/12 (157 cm, wide)(Blue Tomato Winkel | DC Tone 154 wide 11/12 Snowboard | DC | Freestyle + freeride boards |*Snowboards
--> Site is probably Dutch since I'm Dutch), but a friend told me that it's way too stiff and not a good board for me, so I'm really troubled about that too. If you think you know a good board for me, please tell me, It would help me a lot ^^. I'll try to give as much information about myself which might help determining which board is best for me:
- Length: 185 cm
- Weight: 65 kg
- Bootsize: 11.5 (US size)
My current level of skill: I can link turns, I'm getting pretty good at riding switch, I can do an ollie, basic air from a small ramp, and I can do 180's but I fail them about 1/2 times
My budget is $500
I'm intending to focus mainly on freestyle, but ofcourse I just started, it's gonna take some time before I can ride park but as a described at the beginning of the post, I think I'm a quick learner and I think I will get there faster than the average snowboarder.
I could really use some advise on which snowboard I should buy. Please don't search all over the place for a good board for me, I don't expect and don't want you to do my homework for me, I just need a little help ^^
Thank you for your time!