Selecting a Snowboard

August 2, 2010 by  
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The sport of snowboarding is an activity that the entire family can enjoy, but to get started one always needs the right equipment. Finding a suitable board can be a daunting task, especially with the number of different types of boards and manufacturers on the market. The first step in buying a snowboard is to decide which snowboarding discipline appeals to you, and after that you can hit the shops with confidence. A few important pieces of advice can also go a long way.

Snowboarders who are just starting out are recommended to rent a few different boards when out on the slopes, as this will allow them to explore what size and type of snowboard is better suited to them. Most resorts have a variety of boards available, as will nearby sport equipment stores. A snowboard is the most important aspect of your snowboarding equipment and it is therefore vital that snowboarders make the correct choice. There are basically two different types of boards to choose from, namely the Freestyle Snowboard and the Freeride Snowboard. Freestyle snowboards are generally the most appropriate boards for beginners and less advanced snowboarders. These boards are much more responsive than the Freeride Snowboards and allow snowboarding enthusiasts to advance their skills and become more confident on the snow. Freestyle boards are also more flexible and usually feature soft boots.

For advanced snowboarders, the Freeride board is recommended. These boards have a stiff flexing surface and feature special bindings to accommodate hard boots. Freeride boards perform well on powder and can be used to enjoy halfpipes and the excitement of terrain parks, as well as being used as an all-mountain board. Not as responsive as the Freestyle boards, Freeride boards should be used by snowboarders who have already honed their skills and capabilities. It is also advised that when buying a board, snowboarders inquire about the features and the anatomy of the board they are interested in to ensure that they know exactly what they are buying and how they can expect the board to perform. Purchasing a new board can be an exciting and comfortable experience if you gain knowledge and research your requirements before heading off to the nearest snowboard store. After finding the right snowboard, all that is left to do is to enjoy the slopes.