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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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so is it really the "rider" and not the "board"...?

this got me thinking, shaun white's olympic board is just a regular burton operator. on burton's site it doesn't seem to have any fancy tech. i mean he could easily ride the burton method but he doesn't.

what do u think guys? is it better to just find the right flex and length for your board and just stick with it? this applies to boots and bindings as well.
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it's mostly the rider, but the board can affect the feel.


that's why there are boards more flexible/stiff. the rider finds the one that fits him/her best.
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Shaun White's Olympic 2010 board is the Shaun White Pro Model. To be released to the public as a 2011 board. Here is a copy about the board from the 2011 Catalog


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Man, that is a LOT of buzz words..
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Man, lightning bolts are nice. I really liked it on the 2011 Burton demos. They are these rods that span horizontally across the board under your feet. The edge to edge feel is affected in a positive way. I thought it was gimmicky at first, but it works. Not game changing or anything, but a definite nice touch. Frostbite is sick too. It holds an edge in ice well. Not as good as Magnatraction, but good enough.

About the original topic:

A high tech board won't automatically add a trick to your bag, but it might help make your current tricks easier to perform and easier for new tricks to be reached.

Shaun White's board is tailor made for him. It's basically a custom Custom. I have his 2007 board and I love it. Great board. Most poppy board I have rode.

Whatever you guys do, if you decide to buy a 2011 Operator, stay away from the standard model. Boooooorrriiiinnnggg.......


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Well I think it's the rider. I mean if you gave any pro your board they could probably do better than you on it. Saying that it's a park board that is.
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And the heaven's open up.....someone finally gets it.......

A good rider should be able to ride anything thrown at them......IMO....


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And the heaven's open up.....someone finally gets it.......

A good rider should be able to ride anything thrown at them......IMO....
Even a BitchBoard!?!


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I would love to destroy one of those things......then take pictures of dudes humping the pieces...then post it on their website....that is what they are going for isn't it?????


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Even a BitchBoard!?!
Guess it depends on you just want them to ride a bitchboard or throw down 12s with it. So for a vast majority of riders (myself included), the answer lies with them and not their board. Its only when you advance that board starts to matter more and more. That said, it will never be more the board than the rider.

I condsider myself pretty good, but I didn't blame my gear when I busted my ass wide open trying to stomp a cork 5 tuesday.

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