Well I’m probably a little goofy as a person but when it comes to snowboarding I’m not. For the non-snowboarders out there “goofy” is when your front foot on the board is your right foot. “Regular” is when your left foot leads, your lead foot is the one you put most your weight on and use for turning.
I went a couple weeks ago to Sugar Mountain, NC to learn how to snowboard. A couple of my good friends do it and love it so I wanted to give it a try. It is every bit as hard as you would think and it hurts even worse.
Here is how my two days learning went…
Day 1 – Horrible. Wrong board size mixed with lots of pain.
Day 2 – Fun. Right board size mixed with less pain.
After my two days I learned that the board can make all the difference in the world, I’m a big guy and the board I had on day one was not right for me. As soon as I would get up and move a yard I would fall. The instructor could tell right off the bat that it was the wrong size board so on Day 2 I was able to switch it and I was able to get the hang of it.
I liked snowboarding so much that I’m thinking of buying a board, a couple days of rentals will add up to the cost of a board so it makes sense. Everyone I have talked to says Burton makes the best equipment, add the fact that the board I had on Day 2 was Burton and I’m sold.
Now my friends and instructors I had gave me a ball park on the board size I should get, unfortunately XL is not a size. The way it works is length of board, I’m 164-168cm, and width of the board, which I’m around a 260mm.
Here is where my web designer side kicks in…. Burton’s site on a coolness factor is a 12 on a scale of ten, it has all this great flash work mixed in with killer videos. The part I don’t like is that I can’t sort all their boards by what is available in the size I need. Since all their boards range in length and width you have to go board by board to find ones that works. It is far from the end of the world but it is the little things that make websites truly usable and great. So Burton if you listening put a cool little filter on your boards page that lets you pick a length and height range.
By the way, I’m going to get a Burton Bullet. It has a sick design… and it comes in the right size.
P.S. I will write back after my next trip would should be in mid March… We are heading up to Seattle then driving to Whistler, BC!