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Old 11-26-2010, 02:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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WTF is up with the continuously stupid questions? Also who wears 25lbs of gear when shredding park I'd like to meet that person.
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I wouldn't say height effects you very much, but I will say that weight can. You don't sound like a very heavy guy for your size, so I would say you're fine. I am about 6'2" 210 now but I used to play football in college and was pushing 280 during much of the boarding season. After losing that weight I would for sure say that boarding is far more enjoyable when on the lighter side. Having said that I think the key is just to be in shape. Exercise vastly improves coordination and resistance to injury, not to mention you feel better and are more capable that way. When I was 280, sometimes boarding woud be really rough on my feet because I would pack out boots so fast. As far as individual riding styles go, park riding was the hardest when I was heavier. I could ride super fast everywhere, but it was really hard to get any air off of anything. You also sink in pow a bit more. I don't know I mean some people are great athletes when they are heavy but I'm over it and am still losing more weight.
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I don't see why it matters. I mean, you can't control your body type. Short and squatty, tall and skinny, or somewhere in between. It is what it is. Regardless of body type being in good shape will only help.

I'm 5'11" and range anywhere from 175 - 195 depending on beer and pizza intake. I can tell you I ride a lot better at 175 than 195. I'm about 190 right now and working my way back down.
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Travis Rice is pretty big (6' 185-190-ish lbs), and it doesn't seem to hold him back.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:22 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Being heavier is very bad for freestyle...

My riding weight is usually between 170-180 but last year I broke my foot and sat on the couch non-weight bearing for 10 weeks. I gained 35lbs eating fast food and delivery and rode last season at 205. I'm down to 190-195 now but I am far from as good as I used to be, simply because I can't pop like I used to.

And I never thought it would be so hard to lose 30lbs...I guess it doesn't help that my GF is a chef.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:29 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Do you guys think my 30 pound weener will give me too much rotating mass when I try 360's?
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:34 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Dano View Post
Yes. Even though scientifically speaking 2 objects will fall at the same rate, there's going to be more resistance against the larger object. It's also going to take more force and momentum to initiate the spin as well as to stop it. Heavier people are also going to land with a lot more force where as a smaller indavidual is going to be more agile
btw do u think a heavier rider has a better chance of stomping a landing due to increased weight? somehow i think heavy = stable. i could be wrong though.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:44 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Not really. A low center of gravity (better for short people) , balance, and core strength is going to be more stable. Being bigger will just make you impact harder, and I'd say make it easier to catch edges
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:22 PM   #19 (permalink)
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acrobatic type maneuvers such as snowboard park tricks are definitely easier for smaller lighter people. At least that's how i feel being 6'4" , 220 lbs. just look at gymnasts. they're tiny.

although us bigger folk can kick ass on bombing big mountains. we fly and carve shit up real good.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:06 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I really don't think it matters that much, as long as you have the required muscle mass and physical shape for your weight. Your body is built the way it is, and as long as you keep it in athletic shape it will do whatever you want.

If you relatively are overweight,(out of shape, excess fat) that will effect your riding because your body is lugging around a bunch more weight then your muscles are used to hucking. I used to be chubby and lost 40lbs years ago, and it made huge improvements for my riding. I had more stamina, landings and bumps were much softer on my knees, I had more agility, and just overall I was able to huck my body faster and more accurately.

So if you are in shape and within a healthy weight range, don't worry about it, it's just the way you are.
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