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Old 01-13-2012, 03:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wow. This sport is addicting!

After 5 days this season in really non-snowboarding weather so-to-speak (SoCal), I have fallen in LOVE with snowboarding!

As a newb, I was able to get a good feel after 5th day of toe side and heel side carving - slow but I did it after multiple falls.

Last day was at Big Bear Snow Summit run where I was able to come down the mountain and practice pointing my board and turning both on heel and toe side. IT WAS AWESOME!

I have a friend's 'old gear' that I borrowed up for my first snow board trip and now I want to know, what do I need to invest in.

I do have boots: Ride Haze 2008 (sz 9).

I do not know what to ride or what size or what kind of bindings or board for a beginner. So suggestions are what I am asking for.

I'm 5'5", 145 lbs, 44 years old.

I just want to be able to go at a pretty good speed with toe and heel side turns down the mountain and try to keep up with my 8 and 11 year old kids who were going down the beg/int slope by day 2!!!

I rode a 2008 Ride Havoc 152 with 2008 Ride EX bindings.

I read this is an intermediate board and am unsure what that really means. What's the difference really?

Basically, I want to have tons of fun and control the board! LOL
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Switchfoot, welcome!

An intermediate board probably just means that it's more flexible and forgiving. Beginner boards usually mean that they're cheaper and lack features (since manufacturers may think that beginners often aren't snowboarding in ways that take advantage of the features). So really, any 'beginner' or 'intermediate'... or even 'advanced' board is fine for you, though you probably should be wary of the word 'expert'. Really though these are just simplifications so don't get stuck on these terms.

It depends on the snowboard, but I think 149-152cm roughly should be fine for you. Other people can probably narrow down specs better.

There are *so* many snowboards out there, that it's hard to really make recommendations.

Some things you can think about: there are 3 major snowboard profiles/shapes. Camber (harder to learn, but forces you into better habits which makes it easier later), Reverse Camber/Rocker (easier to learn, but easy to develop bad habits), and Hybrids (sort of a middle ground between the two, but these are more expensive).

Another thing you want to think about is do you want a True-Twin snowboard (useful if you do a lot of switch riding), or a Directional snowboard (which might be slightly better in powder, or at higher speeds).

That will help you narrow down your choices.

Then you pick bindings to match the board: this is primarily based having compatible flexibility/stiffness, but generally speaking you're probably going to aim for all-mountain bindings. Mostly you just pick by durability, reputation for reliability, and looks.

If you want to start looking at snowboards, some well regarded brands are Never Summer, GNU, Lib Tech, Arbor, Signal, K2, Ride... and of course Burton (which makes good snowboards, but they tend to be pricier... they're kind of the 'Nike' of the snowboarding world).
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Watch out..it is HIGHLY addictive.
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welcome...at age 44, you already lost the race keeping up with your kids. But its priceless activity to do with them.
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You'll start crying when summer hits.

You'll plan trips to where there is still snow, realize the trip is too expensive and cry some more.

You'll strap into your snowboard in the living room carpet doing ollie's and such. Get in trouble from your husband. Then cry.

You'll watch snowboarding videos and photos from your time on the slopes. Then cry.

You'll wax your snowboard at home during a heat wave. Then cry.

You'll get your seasons pass in the mail late summer which will make you want to go even more. Then cry.

Once September rolls around you'll be looking at the steep discounts on previous year's gear. Spend all you money, be extremely happy but realize you still can't go. Then cry.

All your friends who hate winter will no longer be your friend because you won't stop talking about boarding and snow. Then cry.

In November, you'll hear about every resort but yours will be getting dumped on with snow. Then cry.

You'll do the same thing again in December depending on where you live. Curse mother nature. Then cry.

Once you finally hit the slopes the world will feel like a better and happy place again.

'Tis a vicious cycle...
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You'll start crying when summer hits.

You'll plan trips to where there is still snow, realize the trip is too expensive and cry some more.

You'll strap into your snowboard in the living room carpet doing ollie's and such. Get in trouble from your husband. Then cry.

You'll watch snowboarding videos and photos from your time on the slopes. Then cry.

You'll wax your snowboard at home during a heat wave. Then cry.

You'll get your seasons pass in the mail late summer which will make you want to go even more. Then cry.

Once September rolls around you'll be looking at the steep discounts on previous year's gear. Spend all you money, be extremely happy but realize you still can't go. Then cry.

All your friends who hate winter will no longer be your friend because you won't stop talking about boarding and snow. Then cry.

In November, you'll hear about every resort but yours will be getting dumped on with snow. Then cry.

You'll do the same thing again in December depending on where you live. Curse mother nature. Then cry.

Once you finally hit the slopes the world will feel like a better and happy place again.

'Tis a vicious cycle...
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Awesome, Welcome man!

Sorry you have to ride in SoCal though, I grew up there and rode the first 18 years of my life at Bear/Snow Summit. I finally got to the point where I had to move to some real mountains with lots of snow, so I packed up and got the hell out of that crap hole and moved to northern Utah! If you think riding bear is fun, wait till you shred some powder!

Enjoy man!
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Listen to him/her
Thanks Kirkrider.

I'm a him. All of what I wrote happened to me. Difference was instead of 'husband' it was 'girlfriend' and 'cry' was actually 'crying inside'.

I'm thankful for my girlfriend, who loves to ride as well, put up with my addiction/obsession/insanity.
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I'm thankful for my girlfriend, who loves to ride as well, put up with my addiction/obsession/insanity.
Those are the good ones alright

Mine has the bug bad too
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Thanks on the description of hybrid camber and rocker details. I couldn't figure out what was what when I go to online stores. Maybe I'd get a camber, to force 'better habits' as you say. I am regular foot but it feels the same going goofy. Bindings set up for regular though.

THe whole family is riding so my wife understands the YouTube snowboard obsession and we want to get our own gear of course.

What a great time. ANd I am so jealous of those WITH seasons and actual snow. We may go local this weekend and are planning Utah in March.

Question on Bindings and Board stiffness! What's what and why!
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