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Old 08-20-2012, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default GF needs first board

Pretty straight forward question. My girlfriend is new to snowboarding and im trying to help her find a good board to start with...any suggestions? shes 5'2 and about 110lbs
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I suggest rental until

1. she has gone a few times

2. she hasn't broke up with you yet

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Flow Venus or Signal Vita Wavelength. Both 147. Big enough she'll keep speed, but the camber styles and ride characteristics of both will keep them maneuverable enough that she won't die. The Signal is more expensive than a typical beginner but it is built to last and she wont ever outgrow it. And I promise it's not too much board for a beginner despite what the site will eventually say about it when it gets updated. It is an all mountain board, but camrock makes it easy to ride.

More important that a decent board, make sure she knows she gonna fall a lot and she has to laugh at it. If falling doesn't suck for her she'll get hooked.
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Is a 147 a bit long for someone at 110?

My wife is almost the same measurements and she's on a 143, upgrading from a woefully small 137.

Especially for a beginner.
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I guess yeah, one size down from my suggestions.

Unless you're in a flatter area, in which case the extra length will help keep her moving, which is much needed so she doesn't have to unstrap and walk the flats.
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Rent or borrow(if it's the right size).
Just make sure you spend 4 hours making sure she has the right boots, doesn't matter what kind of board she gets IF HER BOOTS HURT HER FEET, she'll hate it & so will you. By far the most important factor!

I don't know where you live but check on Craigslist, here is an example of what you might find. Roxy boards have all the latest & greatest tech.
Snowboard 142cm + Bindings + Boots
Snowboard gear

You may luck out & find something better for even cheaper.
You have to check often though if you want to find wicked deals, they are out there but when they are wicked they don't last long.

I used to buy new gear from the store, but I'm sick of spending $300+tax on boots, when I can find the exact same brand new pair that someone else bought in the wrong size for half the price.

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