Well now, this is an interesting one. A girl, riding a board too gnarly for most dudes, and you're under weight by about 65 pounds for the size you're on. The fact you can even ride the deck is impressive. I can't help but beg you to drop everything else you're doing and focus on snowboarding cause there are only a handful of girls on the planet that could properly ride a Flagship weighing what you do. That takes strength and great fundamentals.
I've to send this my husband. It's only days ago he critizised that I look so strained
while riding, that a real advanced rider would look more elegant
. If I'm trying to explain, that this is part of this board, that his Raptor was a pretty soft ride compared to it, he looks at me with this ironic "yes... SURE" gaze (= hes thinking "bla bla bla")
Anyway, I truely think, the Flagship is overrated in terms of being gnarly. I felt "at home" on it after the first meters. Stable, easy to turn, fast edge to edge. And I'm honestly not very advanced (tried to ride some turns switch and looked like a complete idiot only days ago
). I'm just used (was forced) to ride as fast as I dare and for this, the Flagship is the perfect partner. It needs some concentration but it's a lot of fun.
Anyway, I'm curious what size boot you wear. Being that this is going to be your carving groomer board your ability to get it up on edge is going to be key and something better optimized for a womes foot is going to make a big difference.
Though you may not get to demo one, based on what you ride now I would strongly suggest you look into Venture snowboards. One of the best brand I've had the fortune to meet and they do nothing but make stiff freeride decks. You pick waist widths so you wouldnt really be buying a "girls" board, but just a freeride board with a proper waist width for your size.
6.5 in mens / 8.5 in womans / European 39. What waist size yould you recommend? Was looking at the description of the Venture Zephyr only minutes ago. Actually, I did the entire day nothing else than read manufacturer's and the-good-ride's descriptions of board,
mentally zig-zagging between being attracted by the stiffer men's ones, then telling myself
"naaa... you're looking for a contrast to the Flagship" - "yes... but I don't want to ride a chattery unstable noodle"
"but you want to have something more easygoing" - "but none of the woman's boards has an 'excellent' in carving"
"don't be stubborn, try something complete different" - "I'll hate it at the first straight line runout"
"but you might finally look elegant
Well... it's pretty sure now that we'll skip the demo day. Snowstorms are announced for the next three days. As interesting and helpful it would be to test several boards, when pow is announced, there's no other option than to follow this siren's call!