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Old 02-12-2013, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so after considering this for two months, I've decided to try snowboarding. The only drawback is that I'm overweight... I am 6'1 and 260 lbs (blergh). Will a board that's 163cm be able to withstand my weight without cracking in two pieces? x) My shoe size is 10-10.5 - but I don't think that's got anything to say?

I usually go cross country skiing during the winter, but I don't know of any good trails here (recently moved), and I don't like to sit inside all the time... so therefore... snowboarding! I think there are 4-5 ski resorts within a 1.5 hour drive.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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U should be fine. I'm a bit heavier and taller. I ride a 164.5 but wanna down size. Get a stiffer board and u should have no problem. The hardest part will be pushing yourself up 100 times.
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last season when I started I was 5'10 240lb and I rode a 155cm burton clash and had no problems with it. I also dropped 20 lbs during riding season, and am down to 195 now, still riding a 155cm NeverSummer SL.

I think the 163 will be fine for you. Just realize if you stay committed to riding you might lose some weight and may have to size down in the future, which in my opinion, is way worth whatever money you feel like you might have wasted. I honestly feel so much better now that I'm not a chubber anymore
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The hardest part will be pushing yourself up 100 times.
This. You will be exhausted, but I promise if you stick with it and watch what you eat, you won't just be shredding snow, you'll be shredding weight as well.
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This. You will be exhausted, but I promise if you stick with it and watch what you eat, you won't just be shredding snow, you'll be shredding weight as well.
Will this kill the fun on the first day? I'll probably get an instructor to teach me on the first day at the resort.
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Will this kill the fun on the first day? I'll probably get an instructor to teach me on the first day at the resort.
It didn't kill it for me, but I always enjoy pushing myself to learn new things. I didn't get an instructor, but looking back I wish I would have. I learned by falling over and over again. With an instructor, you may fare better than I did.

I kind of jumped in feet first. Never rented any gear, bought a board, boots, and bindings and then I was pretty much locked in that I was going to learn to snowboard so I didn't feel like I wasted money.

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That's good that ur gonna get lessons. That will help. Wish I would of done that. If u are not in good shape it will be hard to get up like everyone else. From ur ass. What I end up doing alot is flipping over myself and my board to my knees and kinda use my arms, legs and momentum to get up.

It won't really fuck ur day up but the next day u will fell it for sure.
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I didn't kill it for me, but I always enjoy pushing myself to learn new things. I didn't get an instructor, but looking back I wish I would have. I learned by falling over and over again. With an instructor, you may fare better than I did.

I kind of jumped in feet first. Never rented any gear, bought a board, boots, and bindings and then I was pretty much locked in that I was going to learn to snowboard so I didn't feel like I wasted money.
Ah. I'm actually headed out to buy a snowboard package in 30 minutes.
How was your first day then? Did you get any weird looks from others? X)

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That's good that ur gonna get lessons. That will help. Wish I would of done that. If u are not in good shape it will be hard to get up like everyone else. From ur ass. What I end up doing alot is flipping over myself and my board to my knees and kinda use my arms, legs and momentum to get up.

It won't really fuck ur day up but the next day u will fell it for sure.
Oueh. X) Not looking forward to that.
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Ah. I'm actually headed out to buy a snowboard package in 30 minutes.
How was your first day then? Did you get any weird looks from others? X)


Oueh. X) Not looking forward to that.
haha no weird looks. Everyone starts out on a board falling down. Don't worry about anyone else anyway, just focus on having fun. My first day involved a lot of what 509-pow said, a lot of rolling over onto my knees and then pushing myself up. The best advise I can offer is to look up a video on youtube of "how to fall on a snowboard". I would post the link but my work blocks youtube.

Basically, when you fall forward, your going to make a fist and land on your forearms. If you try to put your hands out to catch yourself, you will end up spraining/breaking your wrists or collarbone. My bro-in-law caught and edge and put his hands out like superman, and broke his collarbone in two spots. When falling backwards, land on your ass first and pull your chin towards your chest to minimize your head hitting the snow.

I've always gone by the motto that if you're not falling down, you're not learning anything new.
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Okay, so after considering this for two months, I've decided to try snowboarding. The only drawback is that I'm overweight... I am 6'1 and 260 lbs (blergh). Will a board that's 163cm be able to withstand my weight without cracking in two pieces? x) My shoe size is 10-10.5 - but I don't think that's got anything to say?

I usually go cross country skiing during the winter, but I don't know of any good trails here (recently moved), and I don't like to sit inside all the time... so therefore... snowboarding! I think there are 4-5 ski resorts within a 1.5 hour drive.
I'm 6'2 and was 275 (I know..) this season and I ride a 163. My board is a mid-stiff. It's perfectly fine for me.

Now, I don't know what kind of 260 you are (yes, it matters) but if you're like me and just a big dude (muscle plus chunk) then the getting up isn't bad but if you're softer then yeah, you'll be tired but stick with it and you'll find great motivation to get that 260 down.
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