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This is the snowboarding section of The Melodic Gifter.  There were about six to eight good years of steady snowboarding in my youth, and I'd like to keep it as a part of my life.  My aim is to recommend the top-of-the-line gear for snowboarders, in this section of the blog.
Here is an important table to consider before ordering a snowboard:

Rider Height (in) Rider Weight (lbs) Snowboard Size (cm)
4ft 10in 110 – 120 128–136
5ft 115 – 130 133–141
5ft 2in 125 – 135 139–147
5ft 4in 135 – 145 144–152
5ft 6in 140 – 155 149–157
5ft 8in 150 – 165 154–162
5ft 10in 160 – 175 159–167
6ft 170 – 185 160+
6ft 2in 180 – 195 160+
6 ft 4in 190 – 205 160+
However, I am not absolutely certain yet that getting a snowboard online is the best thing to do, so I cannot yet recommend anything more for a beginner, than getting a freestyle Burton snowboard, in person, at your nearest board shop.  I'm still sold on the idea that Burton has been perfecting the science of snowboarding since the 70's and their boards are still some of the very best out there!
Oakley Flight Deck L Snow Goggle
I grew up in the 80's and 90's so I'm not a huge fan of helmets, but this is a VERY personal decision!  If you think you need something, you need it.  These Oakley Prizms with their high contrast lens are the cat's pajamas when it comes to superior looking and superiorly performing gear. 
Oakley Prizms
I learned a long time ago, to not skimp when it comes to gear, and I never look back once I've got it, it's just the right thing to do.  I'm of the belief, "You get what you pay for." It also matters where you get your gear.  Once upon a time I knew someone who bought a snowboard from a mutual friend and that board had STRAIGHT-SIDES on it, that board wasn't right for anybody I knew, it was a cliff-jumping board, designed to let you stick the landing.  But you just couldn't carve with a board like that, so really, what was the point?  Lame! Lame! Lame!  Get a board with a decent side-cut, from a reputable shop that will give you good advice, and you'll be carving sweet lines before you know it.
Goofy-footed or Regular?
The techs at the board shop are going to be able to determine which foot you lead with.  They have a simple method of discovering this fact, and I'll let them to their work.

Also, don't expect too much too soon. There is a definite learning curve to snowboarding, and only a truly GIFTED teacher can get a person carving in one day.  So expect to wreck. A LOT, at first. But stay dedicated and you'll catch on, and it is a true feeling of freedom, rocking a snowboard on the mountain!  You can do this! I think it's worth the time and effort, personally speaking.
Check out this Hurley gear.
Also, a bit of wisdom for the newbs and groms out there who could use a little talking to.  Try to take it just a little bit easy on your snowboard.  It seems like everyone who picks up a snowboard magazine begins to dream about "going pro" and the truth is, it's a tiny, tiny statistic of people who A. have the talent to do so, and B. desire the tiny amount of wages they get as a pro, what I'm saying is that being a snowboarding pro is not necessarily all it's cracked up to be, and at best it's a launching point for deeper personal development and studies, so you don't have to beat up your body going after greater and greater air, because truly, our lower backs can only take so much before we discover permanent problems.  YES, HAVE FUN! NO! DON'T KILL YOURSELF TRYING TO GO PRO IN THE PROCESS!
Thanks for taking some time out to educate yourself.


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