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Old 12-12-2005, 07:15 PM   #1
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Question Snowboarding questions



Hey guys..

I'm going to try out snowboarding this Saturday... Where can I get some decent not so expensive gear around the GTA?

I already have the jacket, wrist protector, gloves, goggles, boots and i'm just getting those water resistant pants at cosco.. As for the snowboard my friend told me that I should try out the boards first at Blue mountain and see which one do I like... I think i'm going to like freestyle but we will see Oh ya, I use to skateboard a lot in high school so hopefully I can still remember how-to to balance myself Anyways, do you guys have any advise for me?

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Old 12-12-2005, 07:20 PM   #2
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Yea def try it! I'd suggest take a group class it really helps especially when you are trying it first time, they will teach you basic stuff and after that its alot easier. Thats what i did, and i wanna take another class this winter too.

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Old 12-12-2005, 07:24 PM   #3
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To support the sport you should always check out the local shops like Hogtown and Surf Paradise. both of which tend to have some good prices and knowledgable staff. Everyone at shops like that will be riders themselves. If it comes down to it, places such as Sporting Life will have huge selection and normally some decent prices.

And in terms of what type of board to buy and try out, by no means are you going to be jumping on your first excursions out, so i would stay away from a 'freestyle' board and lean more towards one that falls under the freeride category. It will be a bit stiffer, a few centimeters longer and will allow you to carve the slopes with a bit more ease.

Experiment though, talk to some reps at shops and you will soon find out what will work best. Have fun.
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:24 PM   #4
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if ur looking for a board I've got a brand new one for sale, never used
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:41 PM   #5
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Thanks guys for the info.. I'll definately check out our local shops. As for the lessons, I'll check it out when I get there on Saturday. It's much better than learning on your own which sucks, hopefully some of my friends will teach me some basic skills and not laught at my ass off when I fall over. heh heh

jstalin, what kind of board do you have specs?

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Old 12-12-2005, 08:22 PM   #6
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"when" you fall over. =)

you'll be on your ass for the entire first day, and your lower back is going to KILLL... but don't give up.

experience with riding a skateboard doesn't help much on a snowboard... i found it sooo difficult =/

it's pretty fun once you get the hang of it... good luck
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:31 PM   #7
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Snowboarding learning curve is very steep. If you are serious about learning how to ride, sign up for an 8 week program. That way you have motivation to show up each and every weekend, and you progress nicely throughout the season.

As for equipment, don't skimp out on pants!! You WILL spend 90% of your first season on your ass, so you want nice warm and waterproof pants. Good quality gloves (with a high cuff) are also a must.

Board/Bindings/Boots: Start out on a freeride board with moderately stiff bindings and boots, but wear the boots loose for the first little while. You don't want "freestyle" shit because for now you have to learn how to control the board, and get comfortable on the snow.

Stance and balance is the most important skill to learn, as it is what the rest of riding is built upon. I can't stress it enough.

Most importantly, have fun, and don't get discouraged. It's an excellent activity that is fun and rewarding.

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Old 12-12-2005, 08:31 PM   #8
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i have a burton board with bindings for sale? It woudl probably be too small for you, but that might make it a lot easier to learn to ride on since its shorter, it would be easier to manuver, so easier to learn to turn, etc. Then when you get really good and desire more speed you get a new board
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:33 PM   #9
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Actually, beleive it or not but shorter boards are the worst things to start of on. It is very easy to develop bad habits like counter rotation ("forcing" the board to swing with your back foot) and improper edging, pressure control, and pivoting. Just say no to undersized boards.

Same thing goes for oversized; you want a board that fits you well, it's mostly based on weight.

I'm 230 and ride a 159 for teaching/freeriding in Ontario, and a 164 for out west (pow-pow), and a 205 race board. I'm not much for the freestyle scene.
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:44 PM   #11
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ok well the board i have for sale is a Burton 139
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Yeah, I'm pretty good at pissing people off, snowboarding, fixing broken shit, and breaking fixed shit.

Sorry Rodo, didn't mean to put down your sale, just letting everyone know the perils of using the wrong equipment.
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:47 PM   #13
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whatever, ive been snowboarding for a long time and I ride a burton 168 Alpine. I'm a burton guy, thats the way I roll.

BTW if you know of anyone that wants to buy a Burton Factory Prime 146 I've one for sale
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:50 PM   #14
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I ride a Salomon 450 (the 159) a burton custom 164 (got it for $100 used), and a custom made 205. And flow bindings (flamesuit on).

My Salomon >>>>>>>>>>>>>> My Burton for stiffness, response, edge control.

I just sold my 157 factory prime. Was way to short for me, had it for two weeks. I'm too aggressive for short race boards.
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Old 12-12-2005, 09:03 PM   #15
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i am pondering getting a freestyle/freeride set up. I can get:

-2005 Salomon ACE, 157 or something around there
-2005 Salomon SP3 bindings
-2005 Salomon Symbio boots

for an unbelievable price. Everything new ofcourse, but I dont know if i should drop the money or not
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