I have seen this phrase used a number of times when reading replies to some NooB's request for board opinions. (...usually the afore mentioned NooB is thinking about buying some high end, high performance stick as their 1st board.) I was hoping to get some clarification on exactly what sort of issues / problems you are referring to when someone replies with, " The Board will Ride You"! I really haven't read an explanation for what that means exactly.
...and just so you know! I am one of those NooB's that ran out & purchased a "High End" board after my second time out!! . I'm somewhat curious to compare the details about those possible issues and see if my board has in fact, Been Riding Me!!
You're only Young Once,.. but you can be Immature FOREVER!
This is a bs argument, a board for experts might make your learning a little bumpier but it will also discipline your riding style, and keep you honest. There's a risk of getting frustrated if you catch a lot of edges but as long as you're not a quitter you'll work through that.
The recommended path is to get a nice easy board to learn on but it's no big deal.
With todays reverse camber is making this a grey area i feel. (if the board is sized correctly)
But typically those top shelf boards were made for aggressive, full-out, riding. Flex made strong enough to rebound a hard fast rider. Edges generally sharpen to a finer degree. Skills needed to be a bit more defined to ride.
When you throw a beginner on it. they typically arent carving at full speed to flex the board as necessary. Little mistakes are magnified and are punished by them.
Why buy a 700 dollar board? when you get zero benefit? and actually makes it harder.
a board with a flex that is rated your level or slightly above will help you keep good technique and your face out of the snow.
98 Custom wasn't that gnarly of a board I had one. High end for the time but by 2000 that shape/flex pattern had dropped down to the Air. Also how do you go up 14cms in just 2 years?
newbie having no idea what he's doing. I think I did hit a growth spurt around that time but not much, I know my feet got a couple sizes bigger because the FL was a disaster.. way to narrow for my size 12 boots and I was dragging toe and eating shit all over the place. I didn't have it more than a season, I can't recall what came next though.
HAHA go give a never ever a stiff ass directional cambered board 10cm's too big and see how well they learn how to turn.
Why make something that already has a horrible retention rate any harder? Make it easy.
I agree that newbies should be directed to easy equipment, nobody's saying that the right path is to make the T7 the first board of choice, just that it's not that big a deal if they get in over their head to start.
For a lot of us here I expect we were hooked after the first decent glide down a slope and all the caught edges in the world didn' t get in the way of trying to get another faster run to work out.