I'm new to snowboarding, and of course new to these forums as well. I used to be a bit of a skier (intermediate-ish).
I've been up once snowboarding now (at Mt. Seymour), and I've got to say that I enjoyed it, though the learning process is a real grind. If there's a good section to ask my questions (or if I'm in the right area of the forum to ask), let me know
I bought myself a 2012 K2 Raygun 161cm regular snowboard (I'm 175 pounds, 5'10), Ride Anthem Boa boots (size 11), superfeet inserts, and 2012 Burton Custom Large bindings. I hope the setup I chose (after quite a bit of research and deliberation) is good for a beginner who wants his gear to last without need/want for replacement for quite some time. Is the setup I chose decent? (my intentions are mainly casual fun go-anywhere do-whatever riding)
My boots lean forward a bit. It seems like most snowboard boots do that. However, when I was up on the hill, I saw a lot of snowboarders standing straight up, while I found my knees had to be bent due to the shape of my boots. Is that normal? Leading into my third question, it seemed like the stance of my boots made it difficult to keep my legs neutral, since I felt like I was in a forced initiated squat stance.
I ride goofy right now, and I was getting a significant amount of leg burn just above my knee cap and on my lower thigh (all in the front of my leg) just on my right leg. I realize exercise and experience is important (I can squat twice my weight on my back in the weight room for a few reps, but it seems I need to start training specifically for snowboarding), but is there anything I can do otherwise to help reduce leg burn? My bindings were set up by the salesguy, who seemed pretty knowledgeable, but he didn't have my stand on anything to get my stance (he just went to the back and chose my binding angles for me). I'm wondering if adjusting my bindings might significantly help reduce leg burn.
Both goofy and regular feel natural. I'm left-footed (for kicking), right-handed, many years ago I used to ride a scooter using my left foot on the scooter and my right foot to push against the ground, and that's about all the information I can think up. Goofy generally feels more comfortable, but sometimes I switch to regular down the hill for a few seconds and then I end up questioning which really feels better. I'm not sure if I just need more experience, or whether I'm relatively ambidextrous as far as stance goes, or what.