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How To Choose Your Snowboard Wisely


How to choose your snowboard wisely is something we are always thinking about. Its pretty exciting for everything other than your bank balance!

Any snowboarder who has bought a new snowboard that they ‘love to death’ will tell you all about how great it is and how well it suits their riding, or their style. When they do, this is spectacular to hear, because you know they got the right setup for them. It’s re affirming if you like that same manufacturer. It’s even more so, if you happen to ride with them and have a similar riding style.

But have you considered that………

Any snowboarder who has bought a board that they aren’t ‘in love with’ might also tell you the same thing. ‘It’s great’, ‘it’s perfect’, ‘it suits my riding’, etc. etc. It’s a tough one to admit, but it happens, and we can’t blame anyone for it. Snowboards can cost a pretty penny and will stay with you for a while (if you don’t destroy them too quickly).

That is why it is crucial to get the right board for you! Specifically for you!

So, first things first. Consider your motivation for the new board with a focus on the tricks or style you want to master.

Ignore the fancy graphics to the best of your ability and keep an open mind when deciphering between brands. There is always some new technology appearing between the base and the top sheet! It pays to keep up to speed with some of those advancements.

One tried and true method is to chase down the boards your favourite pro’s ride, the ones that align in some ways to your style of riding, or your snowboarding goals for the upcoming season. I love Scotty Stevens as a snowboarder, but I can not do what he does (the guy is an actual wizard). I’d be stoked if I could ride like Scotty, and I want to work on learning one or two of his tricks, so I will look at the boards he rides.

Now it’s time to consider if the board you have now is the right size for you. If you find that its tough to steer, and handles like a boat, it might be a good idea to drop a couple of cm’s off the nose and tail. If you are constantly tipping over the front or rear, you might find you could add a couple.

Even though no snowboard size guide algorithm Is exact, our Genki Snow Snowboard Size Guide can really help you to dial in the size of board that is right for you. This step is crucial, it will help you nail your board choice the first time round and have you progressing as quickly as you should on your chosen snowboard.

Don’t be alarmed if your favourite board is a size or two from your recommended length. There is generally a buffer of a few centimetres. Camber, rocker, profile and crash dieting can also change things. Wider boards can be shorter. Your personal preference is paramount. If you haven’t quite got it figured out,  we are happy to have a chat with you here.

The beauty of the sport is that the technology is always changing, which means there is so much variety for any and every snowboarding discipline.

We hope this guide helps and we encourage your feedback! If you have a board you love we’d love to hear about that too! Tell us about that here and you could be featured in an upcoming article.

Disclaimer: (We have been guilty of buying a board for its graphic before… more than once and let’s face it, all boards are fun).

Alec took his slabs of wood worldwide for years. He floated around enjoying basic day to day creature comforts like salt, beers and nasi goreng, amidst chasing snow for as many days of the year as possible. Then he got a day job... But the dream lives on, Today he loves nothing more than snowboarding, writing for Genki and just being the #1 snow hound this world has ever seen.

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