Planning on starting next year, a lot to learn
Hey everybody at Snowboardingforum! So I am a senior in high school from California (I don't get snow here), but I am going to college in either wyoming, montana, oregon, or washington next year and I really want to start snowboarding.
So some questions:
What are all the items of gear I will need to buy (this includes clothing for snow, pretty much anything you wear snowboarding).
How much does all that usually cost?
How do I determine the size of my board?
What are good board brands?
When do people usually age out of snowboarding?
If I start next year, will I ever be good (I want to be competitive, I've been a skater and will likely have the basic jist of it)
Also, I know this is a longshot, I just like to know, but how good does one have to be to become sponsored?
Buy everything in the off season.
If its not at least 50% off retail its not really a deal.
Don't worry about sponsorship. When you are good enough they will call you.
What kind of riding are you looking at doing?
Do it for the love of the sport.
Make some youtube videos
Goto college, enjoy life, and be happy.
Competitive in terms of competing in major comps? Highly unlikely. You'll realize it when you see how ridiculously good some of these 12 year old kids are these days. Competitive as in having a lot of fun and maybe dabbling in some local comps? Sure, why not
sponser yourself....search and read threads about sponser...ing...pay attention to BA
some gear depends on where you ride
its not about stopping...its about starting...and you can start now...conditioning, balance, pylo, tramp and pit work
Ok, well just to get you into the jist of boarding and to give you an all around general board setup that will let you dabble into a little bit of everything, give us a budget of what you can spend. Is money an issue? Or are you looking to save a few bucks here and there? And does style in the clothing you wear matter?
Jacket (10/10 minimum)
Snowpants (10/10 minimum)
Gloves or mittens
Maybe some pads
Careful shopping and you can get started for maybe $500, more realistically $1000
Board size depends if you're looking for an all mountain board or a park board. For instance, I have a Capita all mountain board size 159, and I have a Forum Youngblood Doubledog 155wide park board.
Go by your weight, not your height. There's size charts anywhere, just search.
Definitely get your stuff in the off season. It'll save you hundreds and hundreds.
People start to age out of riding later on, it all depends, like me I'll be riding probably until i'm 60, and I'm 24 now.
For gear, you'll need: (i'll list a few prices, and how cheap you can get them)
-Board (around $300-600, off season probably around $150-500, depending)
-Bindings ($100-300, off season probably a little cheaper, not a whole ton)
-Boots ($150-400, off season like $80-200)
-A good jacket and pants (total for both around $200-500, off season about $150-300)
-Gloves ($30-70, off season a little bit cheaper)
-Goggles ($80-250, off season about $50-200)
-A good base layer
-A helmet if you'd like
Again, all those prices are just a guess, I've purchased a lot of stuff during the off season at a ridiculously cheap price. And there are sales on a lot of sites during the season (from last seasons gear, and just sales).
Check out some of the sites
My favorite is the-house.com
Best of luck to you!
And you think there's still hope for me to be able to shred even if I start at 18?
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