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Old 09-05-2007, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to know what type of board i should be getting for sideways slidin. im new to it but im not gonna back out so my shoe size is 11 and a half or 12. So give me some board ideas and what about shoes????????
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Old 09-05-2007, 03:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Take two, hopefully, this thread doesn't go down south like your other one.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ok well yeah hopefully everyone stays o n topic lol but most of that stuff is helping just not the fighting haha just respect opinions please and ill still take any help i can get..
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Just get properly fit for your boots. Also note unless you're in a Salomon F boot there is no 1 to 1 sizing so half sizes are non existant.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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did you word that right?
because all brands have half sizes.
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Yeah worded that a bit wrong, should have come across as there's no difference in the boots between a 11 and a 11.5 except the footbeds are built up more to suck up volume.
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Old 09-06-2007, 07:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Take two, hopefully, this thread doesn't go down south like your other one.
shut it you slag!



hey ho..... for sideways sliding (doesn't that feel better than saying 'boading'? )...

i find that boot size is the same as for regular street shoes..... but with manufacturers doing 'their own thing' these days, nothing beats trying before buying! because of all the padding and insulation and what not in such boots, it is best to err on the side of new booties being too tight, coz they will pack in and bed down more as you wear them. but then you can just tighten the laces more..... so meh. (cue complaints from hardcore bootie geeks!)

for learners tho, i think this is a lesser concern. when starting out, the general theme is to go 'soft' (rather than stiff) in board, boot and binders. this allows you to move about when strapped on and sliding, without it causing a wipe out. your kit is 'more forgiving'

of course as you get more confident and you really know what you wanna do, you will appreciate the immediate effect of being able to think 'i wanna turn there', you move and then you do it. a softer flex allows you wobbles etc to be absorbed by your kit, rather than translating into smoething that causes you to catch and edge and crash. plus, softer stuff generally feels more comfortable as it better moulds to your foot's lumps and curves etc.....

considering (my opinion) that soft stuff will be as good a starting point as any, you will find many starter packs being offered, which will help reduce the cost. of course if you are checking out sites like this and magazines etc, you will learn which brands are kewl etc and so this will help you justify higher than bargain basement spending.

the one point i would hope for you to appreciate, is this sport is special for the individuality it offers (which is ironic when you see brands trying to make everyone look identical!) both in expression of image but also how you ride. you will find your own way and hopefully you will love every damn second of it.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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coool i cant wait for this winter hopefully ill be sideways slidin in no time i want to do like free style for like half pipe any basic tricks ill need to learn? and a few chalengeing tricks at my level would be cool to! THanx this is really helping me!
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coool i cant wait for this winter hopefully ill be sideways slidin in no time i want to do like free style for like half pipe any basic tricks ill need to learn? and a few chalengeing tricks at my level would be cool to! THanx this is really helping me!
Basic tricks you should learn? Know how to freeride first. Nothing freaks me out more than watching people who can barely sideslip try flat-basing it to a feature that's makes them be in WAY of their heads. Once you know how to freeride, learn how to ride switch (backwards, whatever the hell you want to call it.) Riding switch isn't THE most important step, but it sure is helpful!

After you sorta get switch riding down, learn to ollie, nollie, spin basic flatground 180's. Etc etc.

There's other stuff I forgot to mention, but eh, I'll let Snowolf take care of it. My head's too fogged up right now.
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Old 09-06-2007, 06:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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haha, yea dont get ahead of yourself. learn to ride than come back to us and ask about tricks and general park rideing.
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