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Old 08-22-2007, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I wakeboard at least once a week throughout the summer and would consider myself intermediate. Comfortable riding regular and switch, jumping w2w, 180s sometimes...
I also snow ski a couple times a year and am a pretty good skier. Never snowboarded and looking to start this winter. Is it worth buying a setup or should i just rent for the first season, since the most i will go is 3 times probably. Or should I invest in a decent beginner setup. If so what are some good choices for a first board. Im 5'10 160 and like I said have never riden a snowboard before but since I wakeboard, how much will that affect my ability to progress as a snowboarder?
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Rent. If you like it you can always buy later. Right now you really have no idea what you want for the long haul.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I used to wakeboard every weekend up until this season. The only difference between the two is that you keep your weight back on a wakeboard, whereas in snowboarding its more centered. Just rent a few times and see how you do.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would stay away from any sort of investment at this point until you know for sure that you like it. Most local shops on the mountain will hook you up with a decent set-up to rent.
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i would buy a board fuck renting......if u dedicate yourself to it and dont quit after ur first night cause its "too hard" haha pussies ive heard that to many times.......u will get it n love it
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i would buy a board fuck renting......if u dedicate yourself to it and dont quit after ur first night cause its "too hard" haha pussies ive heard that to many times.......u will get it n love it
No...you can't just say that. It's like figure skating for me, I tried for years and years, and it's just not something that ever clicked for me...same goes for snowboarding. The person can keep trying all they want, but that doesn't mean they'll fall in love with it.
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If he likes wakeboarding, then he would probably like snowboarding just as much. As far as difficulty, id say wakeboarding is harder.
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lol, when I ride snow I put more of my weight on my front binding. So when I tried skimboarding last summer I instinctivly put more weight on the front of the board which made for comic relief on the beach. Remember, when starting out learning on snow, that if you put too much weight on the back of the board your board will slide out from underneath you and you will hurt your ass quick. As you get better you will be able to pull up on your front binding and steer completely using your rear foot (like some simple ground tricks). What may throw you off is the body's natural tendancy to pull backwards when going downhill (which you want to avoid) which you are not faced with on a wakeboard.
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Old 08-24-2007, 01:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I am pretty sure once you try it you will be hooked, especially if you wakeboard!!
I'd recommend that you follow the advice of 99% of the replies here for you and just hire a setup at the hill for your first few slides, try it out and if you like it (which you will ) go and take a look at buying your own gear!
Boots are the most important part of your kit, if you have the wrong size boot you will know about it if you are shredding all day on the hill!!! Try loads a bunch of different boots by all different compnaies as they all have their pro's & con's!!
Let us know how you get on dude!
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Yeah, the op will probably like it, but I still have to go with boarderholic on this one. Snowboarding is not for everyone. Even those who are already into and good at similar board sports. I was good at skating and snowboarding at the time, and surfin' just kicked my arse all over the place. I tried it a bunch and it never really clicked for me. I've been meaning to try again, but I'm landlocked now. The op could have much the same experience. They should rent at least the first couple of times and make sure they are into it.
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