Man everybody needs to actually help the guy instead of scareing him or something. if his heart is set in buying not renting, let him. its his money. and whats up with everybody saying 'get ready for pain'. like wtf? thats pretty much dicourageing. that part is preety much obvious with any 'extreme sport'.
as far as starting out. every case is diff. i never hurt myself from general riding even when starting out. (terrain park is diff story. haha)
as for boots. yes get a special kind 'snowboard boots'. go to a shop. try every boot u like on to see whats most comfortable. one your that far pick a binding. you can find great deals. For example the "rome arsenal" bindings for less than 100 dollars. Last thing is your board. No need to go highend. Just get a cheap/semi cheap beater board to learn on your first year.
Last edited by midwestrider; 09-05-2007 at 05:39 PM.