Snowboarding is a great sport, and it’s also a lot of fun. But if you’re new to the game, figuring out how to choose the right Melbourne Snowboards can be confusing. There are so many factors to take into account: shape, size, and brand—not to mention the fact that snowboards come in all different shapes, sizes, and colours. This guide will help you find the perfect beginner snowboard for your needs.
Types of snowboards
There are different types of snowboards that are designed for different kinds of riding. A freestyle board, for example, is meant to be used in the park and pipe. With their rocker shape and added contact points, they’ll make it easier to perform tricks like ollies and flips while also gliding smoothly through powder or ice.
Freestyle boards come in all sizes, from mini-mal (the smallest) to regular and large sizes (the largest). They’re also available in directional shapes: camber (flat between your feet), rockered (rocker’s nose), and reverse-rockered (rocker tail).
These days there’s a special category for women called “women’s specific” boards that are generally smaller than men’s models but still offer plenty of versatility when it comes to features like shape design or flex patterns that cater specifically toward female riders needs.
What to look for in a beginner board
A beginner snowboard should have a few characteristics, including:
Flexibility. The board’s flex rating determines how soft or stiff it is. Stiffer boards are better for carving turns, while softer boards are more forgiving and easier to ride.
Shape/size. The shape refers to the overall profile of the board (e.g., camber or rocker), while the size refers to length and width measurements (in centimetres). Most beginner boards are designed in larger sizes so that they’re easy to control when riding them on groomed trails, especially with boots on your feet!
Material quality. A good beginner board should be made from high-quality materials such as fibreglass-reinforced polyethylene (aka p-tex) that provide great durability at an affordable price point without sacrificing performance over time, thanks in part because they don’t absorb water like other materials do, which would decrease glide speed.
The best boards for beginners
The best boards for beginners are shorter, softer and twin-tip. This will make learning easier and more fun.
There are a lot of different things to consider when choosing a board, but the most important thing is that you’re comfortable with it and can easily control it.
For this reason, we recommend starting with a full camber board (one with no rocker). These types of boards have more stiffness in the middle, so they’re easier to turn. They’ll also be less forgiving if you make mistakes while learning—which is good because you’ll learn faster!
How to choose the right size board
Once you’ve decided on a specific style of board, it’s time to figure out what size board will work best for your height and weight. Snowboarding is all about having fun and feeling confident on the mountain, so if you’re choosing a board that doesn’t feel right in your hands or boots, it can be difficult to enjoy yourself.
Fortunately, measuring your height and weight is easy—and once those two measurements are taken into consideration by our handy snowboard size chart below, the choice becomes clear!
To find your height measurement: Stand with your feet together and use a ruler or yardstick to measure from the bottom of one foot up along the inside leg to where it meets up with the other foot (this should be where both legs meet at the hip) then continue up from there until you reach where most people have their collarbones—these are usually close together but sometimes can be as far apart as 3-4 inches depending on how big your neck is. The resulting number is called “full” height because it includes everything from top-of-head down, including hair length; just subtract an inch or two if you have particularly long tresses.
To find weight: You’ll need a bathroom scale for this part; don’t forget about any heavy items in pockets/backpack etc., just make sure they aren’t being worn while weighing!
If you’re looking for your first Melbourne Snowboards, there are many things to consider. Not all boards are created equally and some may be better suited to certain skill levels than others.
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics in this post, let’s get into some specific brands and models that may be worth considering for beginners!