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|03-07-2008 02:45 PM|
I really appreciate all the responses and input y'all put there for me and for the other newbies out there who have these similar angsts about having a board that is a bit more than they can handle at the moment. What gets me stoked is that fact that all ya'll say that one would still be able to learn and progress on such a board; moreover, it would train me to use proper technique rather than learn bad habits on a crappier board. I've gotten a better idea of how to improve my approach to snowboarding, I had little knowledge prior to this so Kudos you fine folks here. The next time around I will definintely incorporate the things I learned and just ride it "balls out".
|03-07-2008 01:39 PM|
Originally Posted by st.stark View Post
|03-07-2008 11:15 AM|
|st.stark||Hey, all I have to say is stick with it. You will get used to the turning and eventually you will be pwning on your friend going down the mountain even though they've prolly beeen boarding longer. :P Have fun, and enjoy your setup!|
|03-07-2008 10:48 AM|
|pyro13g||When I jumped from rentals to my own gear it took me a couple times out to get used to my setup.|
|03-06-2008 11:57 PM|
Mendel, I'm 6'2" 200# and I ride a custom 162. I'm listed as just outside the weight range for that board, but I love the way it rides. The weight range is just the company's way of saying "If you want the board to have the flex we say it has, you'll need to be in this weight range, if you're outside of that range, it may be alittle different than how we describe the board in our catalog" At 200# I could ride a custom 152, but i'd just have to understand that it will be super soft and flexy under my weight. Conversely, a 120# kid riding my 162 would still be able to ride it, they would just have to understand it would be super stiff. Neither of which is how Burton describes the Custom.
When we are newbies, we tend to have speed anxiety, we're simply not comfortable picking up much speed. Because of this, any run with a decent slope causes the same anxiety. Don't think of yourself as a puss, it's just your brain's self defense mech. So we lean back......a lot. And typically ride with a very stiff stance. Since turns are initiated with the front edge of the board, it makes it pretty hard to get that edge to initiate the turn when you don't have any weight on that part of the board right? A nice athletic stance helps two fold, it makes turn initiation easier, and also it creates room for error, you can absorb bumps and potential caught edges, because your joints are bent, and they can absorb and correct whatever goes wrong. Hopefully that all makes sense?
Snowolf is dead on with regard to the affect stance width has on turning. Once you are really comfortable on the board, and don't have to think about the mechanics of your turns, you might want to start fine tuning your stance. I kept widening my stance until I point I noticed it was slightly harder to initiate turns, and then went back to setting right before that. For me it's 23-23.5" but I have long legs (6'2")
Moral of all this, just get out there, ride, and enjoy your new board
|03-06-2008 08:43 PM|
|03-06-2008 08:18 PM|
Yeah, I was reading this thread and I was like wtf....
I'm 5'6'' and 140ish and i ride a 155. Someone said they were around 2bucks and riding a 154?
My 2006 burton cruzer is a heavy, stiff 'ol bastard.
I think it has forced me to use better technique, and when I don't, I'll eat shit .
Then again, I don't know any people who weigh 140 pounds and can squat 300+, might help with the misfortune of having a board too big for me.
This might explain why I will bust my ass more than half the time I'm in the park.
|03-06-2008 06:07 PM|
Originally Posted by scottland View Post
Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
|03-06-2008 05:42 PM|
Just something to think about.
|03-06-2008 05:37 PM|
Originally Posted by megladan View Post
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