Yuki Kadono on the new 2015 Helix
After two days of less than ideal weather, the crew of riders at Superpark 18 were ready to send it when the sun came out on Day 4. The day was jam packed and subsequently, this video is chock full of hammers. Powder turns kicked off the morning, followed by Superpark 18: The Webcast on the Woodward Booter Dam step up, and then a night rail session in the Woodward plaza. We won’t waste your time reading when you could be watching what went down, starting with a sick inbounds powder line from Iikka Backstrom and continuing on with riding from the likes of Louif Paradis, Alex Cantin, Scott Blum, Zak Hale, Frank April, Sage Kotsenburg, Jake Welch, Yuki Kadono, and many more.
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Alex Cantin on the 2015 Machete GT
Jake Welch on the new 2015 Buck Up
Hey Ladies we didn’t forget you in this month’s RIDE LIKE A PRO CONTEST!
You’ve got a shot at one of the lightest most fun snowboards out there built specifically for the ladies. It’s twin shape and hook free LowRize rocker make it easy to ride and playful to turn. What more could you want?
About the Compact Snowboard:
Get hook-free control and a super smooth feel with the combination of Ride’s LowRize™ rocker shape and proven urethane Slimewalls® technology. This playful freestyle twin snowboard features a lightweight Membrain® top that’ll put a sparkle in your eye, and Foundation Tuned™ core for long life durability. This well constructed wonder is packed with features and ready to Ride.
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What size snowboard do you need?
With a bunch of different snowboards on the market, choosing the right board and size can be overwhelming. However, by looking at a few crucial factors, narrowing down snowboard models and sizes can be easy.
The main factors to finding the right board and size are:
First, what’s your snowboard ability? Snowboards are made for all types of ability levels ranging from beginner to expert. There is no shame in buying a “beginner” board, be realistic with yourself and get the board that best matches you. Finding a board that best matches your skill will help you progress more quickly and enjoyably.
The second factor at finding the right snowboard deck is choosing the width. A correct snowboard waist width is when the snowboard boots extend slightly over the edges of the board, but not too far that during a hard turn it is possible to drag a toe. By having the boots overhang the edge, the rider can control the board’s leverage and pressure with their ankles. Below is a chart comparing typical snowboard width with boot sizes.
|Boot Size (US Men’s)||<7||8-9.5||10-11.5||11.5+|
|Width in mm||240-245||246-254||255-259||260+|
The third and nearly most important part of picking the right snowboard is length. Finding ideal snowboard lengths used to be done by measuring up the board to a person’s chin; however, that doesn’t take in the factor of weight. If you’re lighter than average, look for a smaller board; conversely, if you’re heavier than average, look into a larger board.
In addition to weight, the riding style and what you want to ride plays an effect on the board size. If you’re looking for a deck to hit the park and do freestyle, you want to get a board on the shorter side of the spectrum. If you’re riding mostly all-mountain, trees, and powder, you want to consider a board on the longer end of the spectrum. Below is a table showing roughly ideal snowboard sizes based on weight and height. Remember, snowboard sizing all comes down to personal preference. Nothing is concrete.
|Rider Height (in)||Rider Height (cm)||Rider Weight (lb)||Snowboard Size (cm)|
|4’10″||147||110 – 120||128 – 136|
|5′||152||115-130||133 – 141|
|5’2″||158||125-135||139 – 147|
Riding Style and Favorite Terrain
What type of snowboard should you ride? While you can ride any snowboard on any type of terrain or in any snow condition, there are specialized snowboards for specific terrain, conditions and applications. For example, it’s going to be more fun to ride a powder board in powder and a park board in the park. And while it’s easy to over analyze the multitude of offerings available today, the following descriptions will give you a good sense of the major board categories.
All-Mountain & All Mountain Hybrid
All-mountain snowboards are shaped to work well in all snow conditions and terrain. whether lapping groomers, carving big mountain turns or blazing through tree runs. Most snowboarders choose all-mountain boards for their great versatility. All Mountain boards feature a directional shape that is designed to perform optimally in one direction. If you’re just getting started or not sure of what you need, an all-mountain snowboards are a great choice. For a more aggressive and advanced ride, step up to our All Mountain Hybrid Snowboards.
Freestyle: Park & Pipe
Freestyle or park snowboards tend to be a bit shorter in length and love terrain parks, rails, jibs, trash cans, tree trunks, riding switch (non-dominant foot forward), wall rides and more. Freestyle boards feature a true twin shape, and are typically selected by those looking to ride the terrain park.
Freestyle All Mountain
A more versatile variant of a freestyle board is the all-mountain freestyle, which combines the versatility of an all mountain snowboard with the playfulness of a freestyle snowboard. Most often a twin or twinish shape that is made for smooth fluid riding as you flow between features, turn and wherever the mountain may take you.
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Powder snowboards love powder. Often associated with freeride or all mountain snowboards, powder boards are optimized for deep snow. The binding inserts, which determine the rider’s stance, are often set back on a powder snowboard to help the rider float the tip of the board through the deep stuff. Powder snowboards also feature our maximum amount of rocker, Highrize rocker for maximum floatation. Rocker is a design element where the tip (and tail) rise starts farther back on the board, which also helps the rider maintain tip float through the pow.
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Use our Snowboard Shape Selector to find out what type of snowboard suits your riding style.