There are three basic things you should look for when buying a snowboard.
First, you should consider the height. There are three different heights of snowboards, which are short, medium and long. A short board will be somewhere between your collar bone and your chin. Short snowboards are easy to ride that's why so a lot of people choose them for learning on. Short snowboards are also great for individuals who like doing several tricks. A medium board should be anyplace between your chin and your nose. Average riders choose medium boards, but so do certain advanced riders who like to ride on various types of terrain. Long boards should be from your eye level to above your head and used by advanced riders who are looking for a lot of high speed carving. Long boards are perfect for deep powder snow and mountains.
Second is the width of your snowboard. It should relate directly to the size of your feet. If you're feet are long you'll need and wide snowboard. If you're feet are small you'll need a narrower one. While standing on a board, your feet should reach the edge of the bored or your toes must only hang slightly over. If your feet are hanging off your board, you risk the chance of your boot catching on the snow when you ride. Likewise, if you're feet are too small for you're board, you're not going to be able to get the amount of control you require to direct you're board.
The third is the type of snowboard. Before you buy a snowboard you'll want to decide which type of board is proper for you. There are 3 types of snowboards. These are the freestyle, free ride and free carve. Freestyle makes up the most popular type of board today. Freestyle boards are excellent for doing jumps, tricks, rails and half pipes. A freestyle board is comparatively short, and made for soft boots that are configured specifically for doing tricks. Most boarding contests are based around the freestyle board. A free ride board however, is perfect for people who like open terrain like the mountains, trees and powder shoots. Free riding is where the pros display what they are really made of. Free ride boards are commonly longer than freestyle boards, but they likewise use a soft boot. If you are not sure what sort of boarding you prefer or if you like doing everything, this is a great choice and versatile board for you. Free carve boards are frequently overlooked in the world of snowboarding. Particularly made for speed and carving, these boards utilize a hard boot and a long stiff board. Used on packed snow, there is normally little or no jumping involved in this type of boarding. This is a popular Olympic sport in which the riders sway around flags or poles.