Board help - Freeride or Freestyle? + South Hemisphere boarders, where to buy boards?
Ok, firstly, any Northern Hemisphere riders are free to contribute.
Firstly I need some help with what snowboard to get.
I'm Australian, and have only been to Falls Creek before. Over the past three years have gone down for three days each year... so that gives me 9 days experience, and only ever had one lesson, the standard introductory one.
I'm not really sure how skill levels are determined, but I'd say that it puts me in the 'beginner' category still? I go down blues and greens mostly, and haven't gone into many parks as I enjoy riding / carving a lot, though am curious about some of the parks.
WEIGHT: 70kg I'm pretty lean. Do I need more flex because of this?
SHOE: 9 UK shoe size.
PRICE: up to $300, though cheaper the better. It can be easily upgraded later on.
As for my riding 'style' It's hard to say. All I've done is go down groomed runs in the past, as there are not a whole lot of parks for jumps / rails / jibs when I went to Falls. And no half pipe to be seen. Though I do like carving and sharp turns etc.
Would you guys recommend a Free ride or Free style board? If Free style boards are meant for parks I don't think I would get much use out of it in that sense (as there aren't many at Falls) but are they fun for going down groomed runs? Are Free ride boards really that much better for just going down groomed runs? I don't really stray from the run that often at all. Will I still be able to carve and have a bit of manueverability on a free ride? How limiting are they? (sorry for so many questions, but when I've read descriptions of Freeride/Big Mountain ride style I always think of those crazy guys going down massive slopes and break neck speeds)
I'm a bit confused about whether to go for Freeride / Big Mountain or Freestyle.
Second, to any Southern Hemisphere boarders (or anyone who is familiar with online stores / importing) what are the best sites to order from that ship internationally? Where can some good deals be had for the end of Northern Hemipshere season sales?
Thanks heaps for any suggestions / input!