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DETERMINING YOUR SIZETHE MAIN FACTORS
The there are four main factors that will determine the board that is right for you. One is your weight. All boards have different stiffness and your weight is important to make sure that you will have the power to maneuver the board. Two is your riding ability. Again, because of the stiffness of the board, beginners should choose a less stiff board for easier transfer of edge to edge. More advanced riders will require a stiffer board to be able to hold an edge at higher more aggressive speeds. Three, is the style of riding you are going to do. Each board will have a different shape and distribution of stiffness in the board. Generally, park or rail boards are softer to control at lower speeds and to have better feel when riding on rails or boxes. Freeriding or more aggressive freestyle (big hits and pipe) boards are built stiffer to accomodate higher speeds. Fourth, is the type of terrain you ride on. In larger mountains and deeper snow, you will size up to lessen the amount of work you will have to exert to transfer edge to edge and to float on top of the snow instead of sinking into it. On smaller hills with hard packed snow or only goomers, a smaller board will be more fun for tighter turns and easier handling. In any case, the boards should have a suggested weight range on the back of them or on their website. These above factors are going to determine which side of the range you should be on. Ask a sales associate for help when purchasing a board.