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Looking to buy a snowboard for my girlfriend, we are planning a trip to Canada at the end of the year for six weeks and she wants to try snowboarding. She has been skiing all her life but has never been on a snowboard. What sort of board would be good to learn on but still be ok when she starts to progress?

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165cm, 5'9"
65kg, 145lb

What size board should i get? 153?
I will probably just get a second-hand board for her to learn on so just looking for an idea of which boards will be suitable. Don't want to buy a board which is going to make it too hard for her to learn, but want something which isn't going to get old too soon either.
 

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In general, I wold recommend avoiding the lowest-end board in any product line. Riders, especially those who already ski well, would probably outgrow them too quickly. With that being said, here are some popular, quality beginner boards.

Gnu B-nice
Ride Compact
Capita Space Metal Fantasy
Never Summer Pandora-r
Rome Vinyl
Burton Lux
Atomic Fallen Angel
K2 Luna
 

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Thanks for the reply i appreciate it. I saw a burton victoria's freedom 53 on ebay, does anyone know about that board? Can't find any info on google.
 

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OP, how many days do you think your GF will be snowboarding? If it's only a couple or a few, you may want to consider renting versus buying. Given she's never actually been on a board, she may end up hating the sport and the setup could be money wasted. However, if you find some sick deals for gear, then ignore what I just said :p

Also, I'd go with a 149 as well for her.
 

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Depending on where in CA, if deeper and lighter snow...go for the 153 besides like a b-nice or intermediate women's boards have reasonable flex...btw, i'd get her a true twin so you don't have directional/goof/reg issues. And she'll pick it up much faster sense being a skier and already knows terrain, conditions, edges and etc.
 

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We will be heading up to silverstar in BC for about 5 weeks, so i think renting is out of the question. I was thinking that she could rent a board to try it out and then buy if she likes it, but then she is going to be very limited in whats available and will probably have to pay more if she decides to go that way. Also if she gets a board it should be able to handle australian crud as well, so maybe the shorter board would be better?
 

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I found a good deal on an old elan royale, the only problem is it's a 155... is this going to be way too big?
How old is it? I don't think Elan even makes that model anymore....

I would get something newer - technology has changed a lot in the past few years.

155 is very long especially if the board is not a park board or a beginner board - it'll be pretty stiff.
 
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I got my gf a burton troop. I found these boards to be great for beginners and go well up to your intermediate levels. Nice amount of flex to make them a little forgiving. Make sure you check em out!
 
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