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So I spent last week in the Three Valleys and started out the week skiing, decided the foot cramps weren't worth it and rented a snowboard with three days left. It ended really well and can't believe I haven't tried sooner. By day three I was linking turns all down red runs.

The rental place gave me a 'Burton Progression 130cm' board. I'm 5ft3/160cm and 120lbs/55kg so looking at size charts the board was clearly too small for me. It's not even an adult board it seems! The thing is, it worked really well for me and I liked the feel of having a short board as my turns were great and quick, and I'll never be one to try to get to any great speeds anyway.

I envisage I'll be about 110lbs/50kg by my next holiday in the alps but even with that weight I shouldn't be on a 130cm board is seems - but I really want to be!

Any advice? I would preferably like to buy a board just because. Is there any way I could get one as short as 130cm or near to that without snapping it? Not looking to go really fast remember!

Thanks in advance!
 

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So I spent last week in the Three Valleys and started out the week skiing, decided the foot cramps weren't worth it and rented a snowboard with three days left. It ended really well and can't believe I haven't tried sooner. By day three I was linking turns all down red runs.

The rental place gave me a 'Burton Progression 130cm' board. I'm 5ft3/160cm and 120lbs/55kg so looking at size charts the board was clearly too small for me. It's not even an adult board it seems! The thing is, it worked really well for me and I liked the feel of having a short board as my turns were great and quick, and I'll never be one to try to get to any great speeds anyway.

I envisage I'll be about 110lbs/50kg by my next holiday in the alps but even with that weight I shouldn't be on a 130cm board is seems - but I really want to be!

Any advice? I would preferably like to buy a board just because. Is there any way I could get one as short as 130cm or near to that without snapping it? Not looking to go really fast remember!

Thanks in advance!
The size charts are for people who have ridden a few times and have the basics down, however when you are learning the rental shop gave you a shorter board because it's easier to learn on

When you are learning the basics, your not going crazy fast, and hopefully not hitting the park yet. Snowboards are pretty hard to snap, and honestly I've never seen a snowboard snapped in half, however I'm sure it's possible

I'd ride a few more times before buying your own board... And if you decide to buy one soon please don't make the mistake I did by going all out on a board and dropping x$500-600 on it
 

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Where in London are you...? Go to a specialist store, buy last years stuff, in the sales now happening and get a good price on something...!

Ideally i would look at between 140-145cm, and there are plenty of boards out there that will suit you...

There is a store in Forest Hill call Finches, they do ski and snowboard are family run, and are extremely helpful...! Try there if you are close enough, they will point you in the right direction... ;)
 

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Hmm, 130 is on the shorter side. I'm also around your weight. I've tried boards as small as 135cm, and while they're fun, they are very squirrelly. I wouldn't trust them at all with any speed.

What you can do is perhaps buy a rocker shaped board around 139 cm. it should still give that "pivoty" feel that's easy to turn, but will be more stable.

I personally ride 143-146cm, so I guess 139 would be on the shorter side for somebody with our physique.
 
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