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    Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 10:38pm
Hi im from Australia and relatively new to boarding.
I have done it for a few years but not much actual snow time.

i am going to Japan and am wondering what type of board i should look for which will be good for both Japan Powder and the Australian Slopes
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 10:51pm
I don't know to much about japan but I ride a Burton custom v- rocker, and it is great in all conditions, I've ridden it on ice, in the slush and some very decent dry powder this year and it's been phenomenal, I picked it up on eBay for $400 and ride it with some cartels, the est is amazing I highly recommend it. I would think that it would still go very well in the dry stuff in japan.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 10:54pm
Ps I think for the powder riding you will most likely do in japan you should be looking for a fairly stiff board, mine is a 6, and I woul suggest somewhere between a flex rating of 5 to 7?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2010 at 10:58pm
i think you forgot to factor in that hes a relatively new boarder with not much time on snow, and it sounds like hes never ridden anywhere but australia.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/23/2010 at 12:08am
any softer flexing reverse camber board would be good for a beginner, powder and also smaller Australian resorts.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/23/2010 at 12:37am
I use an Arbor Abacus (it is a tapered board) and have used it in Australia, Japan and Canada in all conditions from ice to 60cm of fresh and it is awesome.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/23/2010 at 12:48am
And it looks like you want to use this board in Australia when you get back from the trip to Japan?  Getting a pure powder board and using it in Australia would be a wasted because we don't get deep powder.

I'm in a similar situation as you and I've done a bit of reading up with the current choices of boards in Sierra.  These two All Mountain boards are rated excellent for turn initiation so it'll make your life easier as a beginner and they're good (as in better than average but not excellent) on powder and park jibbing as well should you decide to give it a go one day.

1. Rome Agent Rocker Snowboard 2011
http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/Rome-Agent-Rocker-Snowboards.asp

2. Sierra Reverse Crew Snowboard 2010
http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/Sierra-Reverse-Crew-Snowboards.asp

I still need to look into Capita but those two are what I've come up with so far.  Too bad Sierra doesn't have the Rome Agent Rocker in a smaller size for short and skinny ol' me.

Have fun in Japan! :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/23/2010 at 3:25am
Hmm tough one I think it's worth considering the Sierra Stunt as a potential option for you.

As others have mentioned a fairly soft flexing, reverse camber board will have advantages for a beginner as an all mountain board and anything reverse camber will help lift the nose in pow.

I've ridden the Stunt in waist deep pow and when you set the stance back and factor in the reverse camber it works really well. Plus it's a pretty good entry level board, not super aggressive but good enough for you to develop on and given the price it seems pretty good value.




Is badger, is not problem
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/23/2010 at 3:26am
Originally posted by Kenmanh

And it looks like you want to use this board in Australia when you get back from the trip to Japan?  Getting a pure powder board and using it in Australia would be a wasted because we don't get deep powder.


Agree, I don't think a powder specific board would be versatile enough for what you want given your usual terrain and level of riding
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/23/2010 at 4:08am
As others have mentioned already, don't get anything that is specifically for powder only. Even for a short trip to Japan you probably don't want to ride a powder only board, what happens if there is now pow?

Look for All-mountain freestyle board with reverse camber in it. The suggestions above are what I would have recommended also. Agent Rocker, Capita Indoor Survival, Arbor Coda,etc are all good boards suitable for Japan and Aust.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/23/2010 at 4:20am
Looking at your experience and size/weight - I'd also recommend a Sierra Stunt 155.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 1:48pm
Burton Custom is always a great all around boards.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 2:04pm
powder?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 2:16pm
even more powder?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 2:35pm
Originally posted by eldolocal68

even more powder?

I almost picked up the grocer last year off craigslist, brand new never mounted been hanging on a wall. To bad the washing machine busted down and I had to call the guy and back out to buy a f_cking new washer to replace the top of the line less then 5 yr old POS!!! : (
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 2:52pm
be the first on your block, or probably your country to have one of these...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 3:39pm
We got an early shipment of Jones boards into Australia - there's still some available for sale. But you don't the flagship's too much board for a less experienced rider?

Look at the prices we Aussies are forced to pay!

http://www.ballistyx.com.au/index.php?action=productcatalogue&prodcat_id=755&prod_id=22933&pageID=6234&sectionID=0
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 3:53pm
Originally posted by SnowSurfr

I almost picked up the grocer last year off craigslist, brand new never mounted been hanging on a wall. To bad the washing machine busted down and I had to call the guy and back out to buy a f_cking new washer. . .
You should have bought the board. "No friends on a powder day", remember? So it wouldn't matter if you clothes stunk! :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 3:58pm
OUCH! how about this instead...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 4:11pm
you dont need a stupid swallow tail to have a good ride on pow those perform worse than a really good twin
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 4:18pm
Originally posted by eldolocal68

be the first on your block, or probably your country to have one of these...

kirkwood gave me a preseason deal I couldn't refuse : )
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 4:19pm
Originally posted by coryrides

you dont need a stupid swallow tail to have a good ride on pow those perform worse than a really good twin
 
Smartest thing I have read all day! A twin will perform better than a swallow tail. IN POW!
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 4:21pm
Originally posted by athousandmonkeys

Originally posted by SnowSurfr

I almost picked up the grocer last year off craigslist, brand new never mounted been hanging on a wall. To bad the washing machine busted down and I had to call the guy and back out to buy a f_cking new washer. . .
You should have bought the board. "No friends on a powder day", remember? So it wouldn't matter if you clothes stunk! :)

that's what I told my wife, that the pow board was more important and she could use the laundromat...        I bought the washer that day! 
play young stay young!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 4:24pm
yeah getting the stunt now. thanks for everyones help
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 4:24pm
Originally posted by coryrides

you dont need a stupid swallow tail to have a good ride on pow those perform worse than a really good twin

WHAT?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 4:31pm
snowsurfr, i'd sell you my grocer, but i don't sell my boards, and i haven't ridden it in years, maybe five pow days on it...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 4:39pm
swallowtail vs. twin in pow? yeah maybe this twin
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 5:06pm
Originally posted by eldolocal68

snowsurfr, i'd sell you my grocer, but i don't sell my boards, and i haven't ridden it in years, maybe five pow days on it...

I have enough boards now, 3 arbor plus the flagship! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/24/2010 at 5:17pm
If you want a good board for not too expensive get the Sierra Blue Bird. One of my buddies has it and he loves it.
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how about one of these...
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