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Old 05-13-2008, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,

I'm fairly new to boarding but I've decided its time to stop forking out for rentals and get my own board. I've got my eye on some boards on ebay but most of them at 156's. Im around 180cm tall (6ft-ish) and about 80kg, and i have read that around 162 would be the ideal length for my size. My question is, would there be a significant difference in performance if i went for a shorter board? I've heard riding a shorter board makes it easier to handle, which would be great, but im just wondering how short is too short, would 156 be too short for someone my height?

If anyone can help me out here It'd be heaps appreciated

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Old 05-13-2008, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its not so much height, its weight. along with what you want to do with your board. Park/Groomer/Powder Freeride/Freestyle? im 90 kg's and i ride a 158 and i sometimes use 155 so i don't see why not depending on what type of board it is.
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i wouldnt worry about it so much. im like 190 and i ride
a 54 regularly. i also plan on riding a 145 box scratcher
for park. i like having more control over my board rather
than going fast.
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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hey cheers for replying

to begin with i just want something to get me down the mountain without too much trouble, but i want to be able use it for the next few years so i need something versatile so as i get better i can experiment.

some of the boards im looking at are a burton blunt primo 156, and a morrow press 162

any comments or suggestions on the sutability of these boards?
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those are fine. im not sure if i would go with a 62 though.
look into the Lib Tech TRS 59 with or without MTX. sick board.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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awesome, so something between 155 - 160 would be ideal?


thanks heaps for you help
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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width, flex and sidecut will play more of a role than length, unless you like going super bomber fast or riding deep powder, then get a bigger board. If you have above a size 10 foot, you'll probably want a wasit width of 25.0 or more.
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If you are interested in freeriding and doing some serious carving or moving with any kind of speed, you would regret the shorter board.
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