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12-07-2012 10:21 PM
Bayoh I think Wiredsport might be on to it.

If your stance is really wide it can make buttering suddenly a lot harder on some boards cause of their flex pattern. At home, try out a skinnier stance and see if it's easier to press.

I'm 145lbs. and I prefer 152cm for riding around the mountain, but still being able to lay a press easily. If I make my stance too wide(which is a bit more natural feel to me as I have very long legs being 6ft tall) it makes it much harder to get leverage over the board.
12-07-2012 03:53 PM
lonerider
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i'm comfortable at my stance. nothing feels awkward. the only time it's awkward is when i'm trying to manual or butter. feels like my leg is getting pulled out of my hip socket lol
You are doing the butter wrong if you hip feels like it is pulling out of the socket. I'm 5'9" 145-150 lbs and I have ridden an earlier version of the Skate Banana like the one your have. It is is not the board, and is not your weight (every novice freestyler thinks they are too light, or the board is too stiff or long - just ask jdang ).

Remember the trick is called a "press" you aren't trying to pull the end up with your psoas (hip flexor muscle), you are "pressing" the other end down by shifting your weight over the other end and with your core tightened the other end of the board will lift from the strength of your 'press."

I think I have a video of my friend buttering a Skate Banana 152 at your weight

Update: found it - not a great video, but still enough to show that snowboarding really is 99% Rider > 1% board.

12-07-2012 10:51 AM
Beeb I've got a small nana and buttering it is really easy, just project your weight into the tail rather than pulling the nose. Have you checked out the snowboard addiction free intro to buttering? That got me going fine It could also be the stance.

The size of your board seems pretty spot on, the calc here is surprisingly accurate, but it's all preference!
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12-04-2012 10:28 AM
newnew i'm comfortable at my stance. nothing feels awkward. the only time it's awkward is when i'm trying to manual or butter. feels like my leg is getting pulled out of my hip socket lol
12-04-2012 10:17 AM
Wiredsport
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i'm 15/15 at a wider stance. i'm pretty comfortable. little wider than shoulder lenght. i can do 360's on flat grounds with minimal pop. makes it that much harder vs if i had more air time to spin.

i'll have to take a video and upload for you guys to see...
One thing that is sometimes overlooked is that going very wide on a relatively short board can have some unexpected results. For one, there is less deck between your binding and the tip to flex. This will make the same deck fell stiffer in the nose /tail. Also, if you are even a little wide of your comfort zone, that can have a huge impact on pressing/buttering control.
12-04-2012 10:12 AM
newnew
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Originally Posted by Wiredsport View Post
You are correct that rider height has nothing to do with board sizing. This particular board however is on the soft side and in 152 cm should be easily pressable with your 140 lbs. Are you comfortable with your stance? Is it ultra wide?
i'm 15/15 at a wider stance. i'm pretty comfortable. little wider than shoulder lenght. i can do 360's on flat grounds with minimal pop. makes it that much harder vs if i had more air time to spin.

i'll have to take a video and upload for you guys to see...
12-04-2012 10:09 AM
Wiredsport
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Originally Posted by newnew View Post
i'll have to demo my friend's boards when we hit up the mountain again. one has a 147 boxscratcher and the other guy has a 153 pickle.

i seriously think it's just beacuse i'm not heavy enough for the board. height has nothing to do with the size of the board i thought?
You are correct that rider height has nothing to do with board sizing. This particular board however is on the soft side and in 152 cm should be easily pressable with your 140 lbs. Are you comfortable with your stance? Is it ultra wide?
12-04-2012 09:44 AM
newnew i'll have to demo my friend's boards when we hit up the mountain again. one has a 147 boxscratcher and the other guy has a 153 pickle.

i seriously think it's just beacuse i'm not heavy enough for the board. height has nothing to do with the size of the board i thought?
12-04-2012 07:02 AM
Wiredsport Hi newnew,

It sounds like you already are aware of this, but the Skate Banana is the softest board Lib makes in adult sizes (really small Box Scratchers excluded).

That doesn't mean that the flex is right for you or that length is an issue. I would highly suggest demoing another deck before buying. Try something different that is known as an easy press deck and that should answer your doubts.
12-03-2012 08:57 PM
cd21
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Originally Posted by newnew View Post
I don't mean to exhaust this topic since i'm assuming you've all read this time and time again, but i really need some insight on if i'm riding the right board.

i'm currently 5'10, 140lbs riding a 152 skate banana.

I've had this board for about 3 season now and i just started to get into the park last season. i felt that i couldn't butter or do much with it as it was too stiff (even though it should be the exact opposite), and when i could get some butters in, i would just fall backwards because of the deep angle i had to hold to get the board to come up.

on the other hand, the board is amazing in the mountains, i can carve like a champ and do everything else. it's just when the park and butters come in that the troubles arise.

I'm wondering if the 152 is too big and if i should go down to a 147?

that being said,

i was thinking of getting a never summer evo 147. but i really don't want to buy a new board just because i can't keep a flex in it. i do love the SB. don't really want to replace it but if i keep failing at my freeriding i may have to change it up.


someone please prove me wrong. lol
I ride a 158 and am 5'11 165-170 lb
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