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Old 02-14-2012, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys my names alex,im 5'11 315 lbs
ive always wanted to learn how to snowboard since a couple of my buddies do it already and although there also beginners there pretty good.
i went on sunday for the first time EVER,no idea what i was doing haha i figured hey i use to skateboard when i was younger and wakeboard so it must be sort of the same! obviously the hardest part for me was getting up off my ass or even off my toe side! after a couple of tries tho i started getting it in my own fat way haha
now the shitty part,
15 mintes into it i fall a couple times and i feel im getting the hang of it,then i take a nasty fall...seems my knee wanted to go one way and my ankle another LOL got home and checked it out, some bruising and swelling and limping everywhere. 2 days later im still icing and limping no bruising or swelling but still some pain but the ice feels good.
so now my questions, this fall doesn't bother me at all,ive always been the athletic fat boy. from what ive read on the web and on this forum its possible for us heavyweights to do this and be pretty good at it for an average boarder. ive read that we may need a wide board depending on shoe size im 10.5 11 and that starts at 12 so i believe i dont need that. i have also read that board size goes by height,but because of my weight it will most likely need to be longer? also because of my weight im gunna need a board with a good stiffness level?
another question would be about bindings, i obviously feel that the bindings where you dont need to sit down such as the flows or cinch bindings would be easier to do up? can someone chime in on that?
basically im just looking for a good setup for a beginner of my size,im planning on going to some lessons and i want my own stuff to avoid rental rates.
this got to long already,thanks in advance
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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also if this should be in another section if a mod could please move it,thanks!
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hey guys my names alex,im 5'11 315 lbs
ive always wanted to learn how to snowboard since a couple of my buddies do it already and although there also beginners there pretty good.
i went on sunday for the first time EVER,no idea what i was doing haha i figured hey i use to skateboard when i was younger and wakeboard so it must be sort of the same! obviously the hardest part for me was getting up off my ass or even off my toe side! after a couple of tries tho i started getting it in my own fat way haha
now the shitty part,
15 mintes into it i fall a couple times and i feel im getting the hang of it,then i take a nasty fall...seems my knee wanted to go one way and my ankle another LOL got home and checked it out, some bruising and swelling and limping everywhere. 2 days later im still icing and limping no bruising or swelling but still some pain but the ice feels good.
so now my questions, this fall doesn't bother me at all,ive always been the athletic fat boy. from what ive read on the web and on this forum its possible for us heavyweights to do this and be pretty good at it for an average boarder. ive read that we may need a wide board depending on shoe size im 10.5 11 and that starts at 12 so i believe i dont need that. i have also read that board size goes by height,but because of my weight it will most likely need to be longer? also because of my weight im gunna need a board with a good stiffness level?
another question would be about bindings, i obviously feel that the bindings where you dont need to sit down such as the flows or cinch bindings would be easier to do up? can someone chime in on that?
basically im just looking for a good setup for a beginner of my size,im planning on going to some lessons and i want my own stuff to avoid rental rates.
this got to long already,thanks in advance
First of all welcome to the forum dude! You might wanna repost this thread in the boards section of the forum as you'll probably receive better answers there.

Looks like you've done some good research before posting this and I'd say your spot on with some of your assessments. Your might need a wide board with your weight/foot size,it depends on the board/boots as well, however as for the bindings you can strap in without sitting down with pretty much all of them. The Flows might be a bit easier for sure but there are other types of bindings out there which may perform better for you.

What type of riding are you looking at doing as well? Freestyle, park, groomers, etc. With that I might be able to throw a couple starter setups together for you as well.
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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kool thanks man,ill try and do that.
just freeriding i guess for now,really just want to learn how to get down the hill without falling on my ass. if its possible i would want a board that would be good for freeriding but if i get brave would be able to handle a couple bumps in the snow once i get better hahaha this would also help me save some money so that once i get better i dont need to go board shopping again.
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You're going to need the absolute stiffest longest board your shop carries. I hope for your sake, that you are on the west coast. Good luck!
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You're going to need the absolute stiffest longest board your shop carries.
okay,my question about this is when i rented equipment this weekend the tech told me that a long board will be faster and harder to control,he gave me a board just at my chin. was this wrong of him?
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Pretty much. You just want a big one so it won't feel like you are riding on a twig.
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this would obviously make learning to ride a little harder right?
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I was close to your size when I started riding and my first board was a fairly stiff 159 wide, you'd probably be good with something a little larger. I remember how rough the crashes were when there's that much weight hitting the ground, it's good to hear that your not discouraged and planning to get back out there. Snowboarding was a great motivation for me to drop some weight, I'm at 185 now and having a blast riding as much as possible.

Where do you ride?
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I was close to your size when I started riding and my first board was a fairly stiff 159 wide, you'd probably be good with something a little larger. I remember how rough the crashes were when there's that much weight hitting the ground, it's good to hear that your not discouraged and planning to get back out there. Snowboarding was a great motivation for me to drop some weight, I'm at 185 now and having a blast riding as much as possible.

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im in toronto,canada. only been to one mountain haha thanks for the words of encouragement and yes it freaking hurts !
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