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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 06:22 AM
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Hey guys, I'm new, I'm pretty beginner at snowboarding, I can turn, get descent airs, noseroll, manual and that kinda stuff and I was wondering what sort of setup I should buy (board, bindings and boots). Feel free to ask questions about how I snowboard, stance ECT, and I will reply accordingly.





P.S. Can someone suggest a good site to buy from?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 08:16 AM
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where are you from ?

depends on your location what site is best
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 11:51 AM
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It all depends on what kind of riding it is you are looking to do. Freeride, Freestyle, Alpine you know...
and also a good step in getting this kind of information is checking out your local shop. Hopefully there is one near by and they aren't all about just trying to sell you the most expensive thing they can. Give us a little moree info like about your weight, height, type of riding your looking to do, liek kieran said where are you from..
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I weigh about 60 kilo's (don't know how many pounds that is, but it's an average weight for my height) and I am 6 feet tall, I kind of like to get big airs, and I want to learn to do grinds, I also do a little freestyle as well.


I don't have a local shop, and besides, I'm pretty sure that buying from America is cheaper than buying from Aus, even with the shipping and currency conversion taxes. Thanks.
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Boot size? Budget? So you basically ride all over the park I take it? Do you freeride at all? (other than getting to the park). We need a little more info buddy..
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What kind of board you buy will depend on a lot of different things. I usually shop at Proctor Jones. They have a pretty good selection and it's a small shop, not a huge company... so you can always call and talk to somebody about what you need... Good luck!
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Boot size? Budget? So you basically ride all over the park I take it? Do you freeride at all? (other than getting to the park). We need a little more info buddy..
At the moment I am doing mostly freestyle, I do some freeriding too when I feel like just bombing some hills, I don't really do much alpine I don't think. My shoe size is 29, and I don't want the most expensive board out there, but not a crappy product that is super cheap, just something for someone who hits the snow 4 or 5 times a year. I never do stuff on the flat, and I like to bomb hills a lot rather than slowly go down em (if that even makes a difference). I ride at Hotham in aus mostly if any of you know where that is. I'm 14 but I've almost stopped growing I think.

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-19-2007, 05:37 AM
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29? That's Shaq to us. Stupid metric system that makes sense! Why can't you convert to the convoluted methods the civilized western world uses? You know, 1ft = 2.935372890234 yards and there are 5,3hundredsomething feet in a mile... Nooo, everything has to be even and easy to remember. Whatever.

I'm not a big park rider, so I can't recommend a specific board, but typically if you buy name brand you will get good gear. I don't know exactly who sells to Australia, but I don't know that you would save anything buying American if you're paying shipping. I prefer Rome myself. There is a website called DiscountSnowboards.com that I have used before that says they sell Australian, but I don't know how the prices match up.

As for the other stuff, most of it is personal preference. 60 kilos is about 135 - 140 pounds I think, but that sounds a little small for 6ft unless you're thin. You want to factor weight into your decision on board length more than height. I am 6'3 180lbs and I have a 158 for the midwest snow and a 164 for western snows, but I prefer backcountry riding over the park. I don't ride switch much except when I'm goofing off, but you might want to consider a duckfooted stance. I tried that once at a park and it was a lot easier to land tricks. Since I spend my time facing one way down the hill I never tried it before.

If you search the site, you'll find everything you need to know here. Most snowboarding options are personal preference and you can decide that for yourself when you're comfortable. If you give us a budget, we might be able to help you choose some quality gear.
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The 29 is referring to the mondo point system if I'm correct. And I think that means that the OP is wearing size 11 US shoes. So go find some boots first, since shoe size wise, you're on the cusp of a normal and mid-wide board.
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