Beginner Setup - bit of a dilemma
Hey everyone I am new to this forum and new to the sport in general.
I have a few questions that i would like answered if anyone can give me some feedback. I've taken a look at the size/weight/etc... FAQ and all the threads and i havent really found an answer. I apologize in advanced if this has already been asked.
I am purchasing a snowboard for myself seeing as this year my family is renting a cabin out. So it seemed to be a better idea to purchase gear instead of constantly renting for this season.
So this is my setup:
I am 215lbs, 6" in height. Boot Size 11
I recently was looking at a 2008 Burton air 161. = $200
Burton custom bindings and Solomon Solace boots. = $170
Now here is the dilemma. I have recently been told by a few friends who have snowboarded for 10years and have experience that that board length is too long for me for the beginner i am. I will most likely be just free riding, nothing major, as because ive only snowboarded 2 times. I've been a skier but want to switch things up.
He suggested a 158 or something of that sort, but I am a heavier dude, at around 215 and 6" tall.
So my general question is, will i be better off with a smaller board that's outside the "recommended" range as a beginner snowboarder?
Thanks for any help anyone can give me.