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03-29-2014 02:17 PM
EatRideSleep Ahaha, excellent! They both look like two little impish badasses! Love it

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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
The second used board for my daughter when she was 9 or 10 was an Option Bella 149...stiffy fr and she was maybe 4'10" and 90 lbs. I made diy 20mm riser plates so she could get a better edge. That board beat her ass for the first year, 2nd year she could handle it, 3 year she was throwin it around like a park board. If the kid is determined and perhaps aggressive....they don't know any better and will make it work.
^This. As a kid I started on a stiff camber freeride men's 151. Can't recall my weight at the time but I was probably around 5'6" or so (?) and light/athletically slim (I'm 5'8" 120ish athletically slim now, so it's relative). Either way, it was more board than what would've been ideal for my specs. Boot size fit the waist width well enough (men's boots...).

Like wrath's daughter's exp, that board handed my ass to me on multiple occasions starting out. But soon enough I was taking it off jumps and in the half pipe (nothing impressive there spins-wise but rode the walls/tiny airs). Butter attempts were sad however And yeah, I didn't know better at the time and just rode what I had. You figure it out, especially with that sort of youth on your side.
03-28-2014 07:53 PM
slyder
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Originally Posted by d2cycles View Post
You are absolutely correct. They each have 60+ total days riding and the 138s they have been on for the past 2 seasons are great boards but lacking in edge hold for their size. They needed an upgrade and I was buying boards for the next 2 years. My boys are in 6th grade and all of the boys I've seen go from 6th to 7th grade grew 2-4" and gained 10-20 lbs. I was buying the boards for next year. They had the option to ride the 138s or the 148/150 and they selected the larger boards. We had the little boards along in case they couldn't ride the longer ones.
Rental from your local shop
My local guy for like $100 you get board, bindings and boots and free waxing for the whole season. If they break or out grow the gear, you just bring it in and they swap it out for working or right size gear.
He has good boards too, not junk stuff. I have even traded as a credit on new gear some of my kids boards for him to use as rental boards.

You might look into this as an option for your kids. Yes they may hit a huge growth spert and new gear to fit can be expensive
03-28-2014 03:51 PM
Kevin137 I don't think i have done anything that any self respecting person would not do...

As for my stepsons father, he is a good dad in many ways, in others he is useless, but he IS his dad, and he does do a lot, it just seems to be what suits him, and that bugs me a bit...

We have shared custody, alternate weeks, so he spends a lot of time with his kids, which is good, but he tales so much for granted and does have it easy where his kids are concerned, i just hope he changes, cos as the kids grow, he will lose out very quickly...

As for my own boy, well, i am so proud of him, missed out on a few years when he was younger, but i made sure i got him back in my life, he makes me proud, has such a sensible head on his shoulders, never asks for anything, and has worked to provide for himself since he was old enough... And is still doing this to put himself through UNI, i do help, and i know he is grateful, but he always said, it is my choice to go, i need to make sure i do this for myself...

We all have a role to play, we just need to make sure we do the most we can, and make sure we don't raise spoilt brats, but well rounded sensible thoughtful individuals....
03-28-2014 03:12 PM
chomps1211
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"well my dad is interested and we enjoy time together, jealousy is something that you have to deal with, instead of trying to make others stop to your level, so try to build a relationship with your own father..."

it made me proud to be his dad, i haven't always had the opportunity to be there all i wanted, but we do have a great relationship now that i can be proud of...
Keven,.. That is truly awesome! Sad for your stepson, but great that he has you to give him what his biologic father (...sperm donor) won't! He's very fortunate to have you and it sounds like you are fortunate as well!

Need more parents/guardians, whatever, like you!
03-28-2014 02:55 PM
d2cycles
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it made me proud to be his dad, i haven't always had the opportunity to be there all i wanted, but we do have a great relationship now that i can be proud of...
Nicely done! If I can say the same thing when my boys are off to college, I will be one happy dude. Thanks for sharing.
03-28-2014 02:39 PM
Kevin137 1st and foremost, keep up the good work, it is worth every penny of your hard earned money to keep the fun going with snowboarding, and you will reap the rewards in the future...

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Originally Posted by chomps1211 View Post
Do you believe that sharing such an awesome, fun, exciting activity? Do you feel it has helped avoid some/most/any of the Parent / Child drama and all that seemingly inevitable generational angst and disconnect!

What I mean is, do your kids seem to look forward to, enjoy and appreciate spending that time on the snow with Mom and Dad? Does it make for a better connection and understanding between you off the snow as well? Or do you still get the typical sort of, "Awww, you just don't understand" kind of teen drama?
To answer this, most of you know i board with Sneaky, he is my stepson, his dad is, well just useless when it comes to being a part of it, and never pays anything towards the cost, how does that work for him, well in the winter his son would rather not be anywhere near him, sad for an 8 year old to want to stay away purely because his dad is not involved, and on more than one occasion, he has actually said i would rather spend my money on pizza and beer to his kids...!!! Just wrong...

My son on the other hand, well he is a skier, i have tried to convert him, and will never succeed, but he loves the fact that he has that, and can come visit me from uni whenever he wants to and just ski... He is UK based and i am in Norway, but he still has a season pass for here, and makes good use of it, flights are so cheap to just pop vower for a weekend, and he has lots of jealous friends that he skis so much, even to the point where he posted one weekend that he was going skiing with his dad, and a "mate" of his took the piss, the reply my son gave was awesome, and was exactly what others are saying,

"well my dad is interested and we enjoy time together, jealousy is something that you have to deal with, instead of trying to make others stop to your level, so try to build a relationship with your own father..."

it made me proud to be his dad, i haven't always had the opportunity to be there all i wanted, but we do have a great relationship now that i can be proud of...
03-28-2014 01:05 PM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by d2cycles View Post
FWIW - the little dude in sunglasses and monkey hat hit the North Face T-bar lift with me and did some double black runs...linking turns the entire way.
You can just see that he's the badass of the two...the hat, sunglasses and colors.
03-28-2014 12:45 PM
d2cycles
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Originally Posted by lab49232 View Post
Someone has to throw this out there. And not to take away from anything because that's awesome but those boards are MASSIVE for their size. I mean tons of room to grow I guess but I mean I ride anywhere from a 150-153 and I have about 15 years, a foot and a half and probably 60-70 pounds on them. Great if they're riding them well but if they were on smaller boards they'd probably be having a much easier time.
You are absolutely correct. They each have 60+ total days riding and the 138s they have been on for the past 2 seasons are great boards but lacking in edge hold for their size. They needed an upgrade and I was buying boards for the next 2 years. My boys are in 6th grade and all of the boys I've seen go from 6th to 7th grade grew 2-4" and gained 10-20 lbs. I was buying the boards for next year. They had the option to ride the 138s or the 148/150 and they selected the larger boards. We had the little boards along in case they couldn't ride the longer ones.

I was worried about them on such a big board, but honestly, they rode them way better than they did their smaller decks. The edge hold and stiffness of the boards is exactly what they needed to keep them from washing out in a hard turn. They had to scale back on their tricks but they started doing small grabs, rails and the like by the end of the 5 days.

They shocked the living daylights out of me. I expected them to be back on their small decks after the first day. Neither one of them had any interest in swapping back. I think they really liked how fast the sintered bases were. FWIW - the little dude in sunglasses and monkey hat hit the North Face T-bar lift with me and did some double black runs...linking turns the entire way.
03-28-2014 12:32 PM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by lab49232 View Post
Someone has to throw this out there. And not to take away from anything because that's awesome but those boards are MASSIVE for their size. I mean tons of room to grow I guess but I mean I ride anywhere from a 150-153 and I have about 15 years, a foot and a half and probably 60-70 pounds on them. Great if they're riding them well but if they were on smaller boards they'd probably be having a much easier time.
The second used board for my daughter when she was 9 or 10 was an Option Bella 149...stiffy fr and she was maybe 4'10" and 90 lbs. I made diy 20mm riser plates so she could get a better edge. That board beat her ass for the first year, 2nd year she could handle it, 3 year she was throwin it around like a park board. If the kid is determined and perhaps aggressive....they don't know any better and will make it work. The daughter has continued to ride and now ski with gear that is considered too big for her size but she likes the performance.
03-28-2014 12:25 PM
lab49232 Someone has to throw this out there. And not to take away from anything because that's awesome but those boards are MASSIVE for their size. I mean tons of room to grow I guess but I mean I ride anywhere from a 150-153 and I have about 15 years, a foot and a half and probably 60-70 pounds on them. Great if they're riding them well but if they were on smaller boards they'd probably be having a much easier time.
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