What makes a board "made for beginner/advanced rider"?
When looking at boards, I often come across a recommendation for the skill level of the person that a person should be to ride the board. I understand that beginners should choose a board with, like, a five flex rating at the most, but other than that, why can't I (a beginner looking for a board) choose a board that is recommended for advanced riders.
While you're here, could you guide me in the right direction as far as choosing a good all-mountain board goes? I have been snowboarding the last week in Breckenridge, and I've basically fallen in love and I want to buy a board within the year. I know that I should probably rent first, but I have plenty of friends that snowboard and if all else fails, I can sell it to one of them.
I am 15 (but all major growth spurts are done, so I'm not worried about that)
size 10 (US)
I live in the northeast and will probably do most of my snowboarding in the Poconos, so powder isn't too common here.
Price isn't really an issue, 300-500 USD (more or less)
I know about rocker and camber, but is there a certain style I should look for? (reverse camber, etc.)
If you could recommend a specific board, I'd really appreciate it. If i left anything out, just ask. Thanks.