How to choose the right length and type of snowboard?
Snowboard length must be based off the height of the boarder. A good general rule is that the snowboard should end somehwere between the nose and chin (should be roughly 10-25cm less than the height of the boarder).
However, style of snowboarding and boarder weight are also factors in choosing the correct snowboard If you prefer freeriding, a longer board with improved stability and speed would be more appropriate If you prefer groomed slopes then a shorter variant would be more appropriate.
The following reference chart should only serve as a general guide. If you weigh more than a person of similar height choose a longer board. If less, choose a shorter board.
Another important criterion to consider when making your choice is the curvature of the board The three main curvature types are camber, rocker and flat, with other hybrid styles also available such as the 3D camber and double camber You can identify the curvature type by placing the snowboard on the ground and looking at the side profile This way you will be able to see which points of the board touch the ground and the shape of the curvature.
This curvature is most appropriate for freestyle and all-mountain styles. Experienced boarders will appreciate the accuracy, stability and speed of this board which features good energy transfer for big air jumps.
These boards are easy to control resulting in a fun and easy ride. Reccomended for beginners.
The hybrid curvature is essentially a combination of the camber and rocker styles featuring advantages of both. Every manufacturer produces their own variants of the hybrid curvature style but the general rule is that these boards are suited for boarders of all skill levels.
Flat, or null curvature, means that the board is essentially straight with no bends thus enabling large portions of the board to contact the ground This extremely stable design means that it is suited to all types of terrain.
Rocker style is reccomended for beginners since this design is more forgiving to errors. Camber style is reccomended for more experiences boarders since the edges bites into the terrain requring more force and precision for maximum control compared to the rocker; produces a more aggressive and precise boarding style. Flat type produces maximum stability in all terrain situations and the hybrid style is suitable for all boarders regardless of skill level.
BOARD CORE MATERIAL
This is a very important parameter to consider. Suspiciously cheap snowboards with a plastic core are of low quality and tend to break easily. Quality board cores are made of wood. A wooden core ensures that the shape and spring of the board are constant as well as providing rigidity to prevent breakage.