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    Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 12:18am
Hello everyone,

I am a beginning level snowboarder who has rented and gone boarding approx 8 times or so. (Fresh story huh) I split my time between blues and greens and get down the mountain ok, though tending to rely on my heel side more than my toe side. I do like to grab a pretty good amount of speed.

I don't really intend to go to the park, but I'm hearing an all mountain freestyle reverse camber is a good choice these days. I'm from california so the majority of my boarding is done in the tahoe area, if that factors in.

I'm 5'8" and 160 pounds and I am pretty sure I am a size 8 boot.

So what I'm wondering is what sort of boards should I be looking at? I am hesitant to go straight up for an entry level board, but I am open to suggestions that it might make my life a lot easier. I was looking at boards like the Burton Hero, Sierra Reverse Crew, and a Bataleon Riot (mostly because I found some good deals on them) in the 154cm-155cm range.

Are these boards too advanced? I realize I might not be able to take full advantage of some of the better features these boards have over a blunt or a clash or something, but will it be more difficult for me to just get down the mountain? That is the primary concern I have over them.

Thank you,

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Snowboarding is 90% rider and 10% gear.  It does not sound like you can't really carve yet (correct me if I am wrong). Since you are just starting out, it is probably hard for you to tell the difference between the Hero, R-Crew, Riot vs a Blunt or Clash when you are riding it.  You can not go wrong with any of those boards you have mentioned.  Also, do not get caught up with all the labels a snowboard might have (beginner vs advance, freestyle vs freeride vs park, etc.), just look for a mid-soft deck around 154 to 156cm.
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