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whats up guys,

I'm a fairly new rider, this is only my second season boarding now. I'm from Brooklyn, NY, so a majority of my learning has been done at Mountain Creek unfortunately. However, in this 2 years, I picked up really fast, and I can say I'm a pretty decent rider. I rode park city last year, and just got back from jackson hole on tuesday.

Two of my friends are 10 year + riders, who SWEAR by a board that on paper is MUCH smaller then they should be riding. I'm 5'11 220 lbs and wear a size 10.5 sneaker, 10 boot, and my first board was a GNU Carbon Credit 156W. The store I bought it from kinda screwed me and put in a size 11 boot, which was way to big for me, and caused footcramps my whole first season...but that boot is the reason I'm using a wide board.

My two friends, who though are smaller then me, it isnt by much, maybe 5 inches shorter and 20 lbs less, both ride 147, and a 149.5 arbors. My first day in jackson, I rode my friends 149.5 Arbor draft and fell in love with a smaller deck, as I felt WAY more in control of it. The next day I went out and bought the 2013 Draft in a 150, and after two days of riding it came to the conclusion it may be slightly to small....so I demo'ed a 153 (same board) and bought that as well. Which is why I have my 150 Arbor Draft posted in the for sale section now after only riding it twice. :(

Some stores tell me that my friends have no idea what they're talking about riding such small boards, and others say its a matter of preference...what do you guys think? When I say I've gotten pretty good, I mean at RIDING. I'm not quite confident enough to hit gaps yet, the most ill do is the occasional box or two....but bombing down the mountain, I've clocked myself at 48 mph, which isnt to bad for a two year guy, whos also 29 years old lol.
 

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Those numbers are on the small side but there are some things to consider:

1. east coast: small hills mostly park. This means you pretty much don't need any size for anything (size adds stability at speed, among other things)

2. there is no RULE, but those are pretty small boards. I ride blunted 154 NS's and I weigh 180. I would say I'm pushing the size limit on those boards, but that's just me.

3. if you are sticking at 220 I wouldn't go smaller than the '53, that is still VERY small for your size. The only reason you like the smaller boards is because you are new and they allow you to ride them with terrible form because they are so easy to manipulate. At the same time for park the size is not that outta whack. If you didn't already buy it I'd aim you at a 56-58.
 

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Those numbers are on the small side but there are some things to consider:

1. east coast: small hills mostly park. This means you pretty much don't need any size for anything (size adds stability at speed, among other things)

2. there is no RULE, but those are pretty small boards. I ride blunted 154 NS's and I weigh 180. I would say I'm pushing the size limit on those boards, but that's just me.

3. if you are sticking at 220 I wouldn't go smaller than the '53, that is still VERY small for your size. The only reason you like the smaller boards is because you are new and they allow you to ride them with terrible form because they are so easy to manipulate. At the same time for park the size is not that outta whack. If you didn't already buy it I'd aim you at a 56-58.

Makes sense....but my friends are great riders, and even they prefer smaller, and they're def not park rats at all.

What exactly is the disadvantage to riding a smaller board?
 
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