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Snowboard Size

By on February 24, 2011

There are a number of questions I get asked regularly when I teach beginner boarding lessons. One of the most common questions is about Snowboard Size.  So how do you tell which snowboard is the right size for you?

Well, there are a number of factors you need to take into account:

Your Weight

How much you weigh partially determines the size of the board which is recommended for you. For example, if you are heavier, you’ll need a larger board so that you don’t sink in unpacked/powder snow. A larger snowboard effectively distributes your weight over a wider area, resulting in a better ‘float’ when riding through powder conditions.

Your Height

The size of your snowboard is also determined partially by your height. This ensures that you maintain an optimal level of control over the snowboard and can effectively turn the board.

Your Skill

Depending on your skill level, you may choose to ride a smaller board (so that you can spin the board more easily, perform tricks better and generally just have a more responsive board). On the other hand, you may choose to have a longer board so that you can glide through powder snow easier.

So What’s The Answer?

In short, there is no easy answer to what size snowboard is best for you. As a rule of thumb, beginners should look at a board that is roughly up to their shoulder height. If you have specific needs (ie, prefer freestyle riding/powder riding), then you might want to take a look at  one of the online snowboard size calculators (ie, http://www.snowboardlengthcalculator.com/) to help you decide.

Happy Riding!

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