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Old 11-16-2012, 10:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wakeboarder needs help picking out equipment

I've been wakeboarding for 15+ years, not professionally or anything and have only been snowboarding once about 10 years ago. We are planning a trip up to the NC mountains and I want to get into snowboarding. I live about 3 hours from the Sugar Mountain, NC and Appalachian Mountain, NC. That is where I would be riding at. I plan to snowboard around 3-5 times a year. I've researched the various boards, etc and I still need help or a starting place on picking out a board, boots, and bindings. Here is my info:

Sex: Male
Weight: 160lbs
Height:6'2"
Boot size: Wear a size 13 mens shoe
Riding Style: just ride down the mountain on the trails, would only do spin tricks, no rails, etc
Age: 30
Location:Near NC ski resorts
Stance: Right foot forward with binding ducked out


my wakeboard has lots of rocker in it, so would a snowboard with rocker work good for me so I don't catch an edge as much while learning? I ride both normal and switch on my wakeboard too so should I look for a twin tip board?

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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look for an average all mountain twin. Most likely you will need a wide board, ~ 155-158 in length. Don't spend too much on board and bindings, chances are you will want something different soon.

Go nuts on boot buying, there are tons of threads about how to do this, they are all pretty much the same.

I prefer traditional lacing and normal 2 strap bindings, having tried other stuff and returned, however many people swear by rear entry bindings, BOA lacing, etc.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would check out some different snowboard brands and see if something catches your eye. Most major brands make really good equipment. Personally my setup is currently all Burton. Once you find something that catches your eye, you can come back with some choices, or use a sizing chart on the snowboard brand site you choose to find the right size.

Being on the east coast, I wouldn't go for a full rocker board. The east coast is known for having a lot of ice and a rocker board won't hold an edge too well. I would go with a combination rocker board. More edge hold, but more playful than a traditional camber board.

You most likely need a wide board also, since you shoe size is 13.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What do you think of this:

Burton Bullet 160cm
Burton Jet Boots
Burton Freestyle Bindings

I don't have to have this year's model either.
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Go to the different forum sections, ie 'boots' and read up a little.
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Start here > http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boo...s-faq-etc.html
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I live near Columbia, SC. Is there any place that sells snowboard equipment near there? It looks like I really need to go somewhere that sells snowboard boots and try on a bunch instead of buying on the internet and sending stuff back and forth until I find something that fits good.
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I live near Columbia, SC. Is there any place that sells snowboard equipment near there? It looks like I really need to go somewhere that sells snowboard boots and try on a bunch instead of buying on the internet and sending stuff back and forth until I find something that fits good.
Apparently Salty's Surf Shop in Columbia sells Burton stuff.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think I'm going to try out the Burton Learn to Ride program at Appalachian Ski Mtn, NC. I did a search for comments on this program, but nothing recent turned up. This looks like something that would give me a good start since it's been over 10 years since I snowboarded. What are some current options on the Burton learn to ride classes?
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