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Old 03-21-2011, 08:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Does the board matter when learning park??

As most of you know, I"m trying to learn more park. I'm happy with what I've done this year but I want to continue to advance next year.

My current board is a skate banana which is a flex of 6 according to Mervin and FLOW NXT's which are also on the stiffer side.

My questions:
  • Does the board make a big difference in learning to ride in the park?
  • Will a softer board be easier to learn to ride in the park with?
  • I would think a softer board would be easier to learn to ride rails?
  • NOT getting into brand what is a good average flex rating for a park board or a person learning park?
  • Why do most park guys like softer board/bindings?? Better feel or free'er movement??

Kinda wondering if my equipment is ok for park or if it would be easier to learn on a different board. Hope you park guys can shine some input for us beginners to help us out.

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Old 03-21-2011, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You make the board the board doesn't make you. The Skatebanana is a fucking noodle.
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My skill set isn't at that point yet. I can't get much flex out of the SB. I can tail press and I have to really pull the board to get a few inches off the ground. I have been happy with my set-up and my progression. I just want to keep advancing the skill set and continue to progress in park.

BA as you know I don't have the experience to draw on that you and others do and being newer I haven't riden many boards so not to sure I could even tell the difference, kidding kinda....

I have done well in the park for my time and age of learning a new sport. But sometimes specialized equipment can and does make a difference in performance until I can get that 3 or 4 years riding experience under my belt.

I know your not fond of the SB, but do you think that is fine for where I'm at and be able to continue to progress??
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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-the 'naner is fine for a park board, yes I have one but currently collecting dust
-softer board is generally easier to learn be it park or groomer but not very forgiving with jumps
-flex rating varies greatly for different companies and is comepletey useless.. I think Bataleon is actually gonna do the opposite this year (10 softest, 1 stiffest, not certain though)
-soft bindings means better movement and better control
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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the skate banana is a park board.
its not a total noodle like a horroroscope, but its more than soft enough for learning park.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'd ride that skate banana and learn how to press. Ollie into your presses always ollie into them it will press so much easier. Leaning back is for people that can't press.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Not at all. In all honesty I shred on some POS gear. Not that I enjoy riding a 03 kemper eclipse thats delaminating its just I dont have another board.. I can nose slide a rainbow to hit 30 foot booters and I do fine. Even though my board isnt made for it.. It doesnt matter. I just do what I do with the gear I have.

I hear skate bananas are the shit so.. I dont think youll have any problem.
Just go out there and shred because what board your riding on doesnt matter.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Does this answer your question?
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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big white squares generally dont answer questions.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Your Skatebanana is the perfect board to be learning park on. Just get your weight on to those presses and don't let your up leg drop.
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