The recreational activity called snowboarding is derived from the object “snowboard”. One of the major tools of the Snowboarding sport is the snowboard itself. If you are still inexperienced and new to the whole world of mountains, snow, and the adrenaline of snowboarding picking the best beginner snowboard can be hard.

With so many beginner snowboards to choose from that it can become crippling to make a choice. The list becomes so long that you might want to forfeit totally and give up your love for the sport. We are here to help you with that; we have compiled a list of the top five snowboards in 2019 to make your choice easier. Let’s take a look at a handful of awesome beginner snowboards that you can start with.

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How To Choose A Beginner Snowboard – Buying Guide

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There are many boards that are perfect for beginners that are also very good as all mountain boards, freestyle boards or other styles; they also work well with more experienced riders. The fact that these boards are listed as the best snowboard for beginners does not decrease their value as snowboards that can be used by experts.

Most beginners wonder what kind of snowboard will suit their purpose and personality, because they are just starting the sport and are still learning the basics of snowboarding. Some even end up choosing the wrong kind of snowboard and this can be very dangerous for the learner. The perfect Snowboard can shape your whole attitude towards the sport. If you happen to pick out the wrong snowboard and try it for the first time, it can not only be dangerous, but also demoralizing to keep falling and ceasing at every turn. How do you pick the perfect snowboard?

To find out the answer to your questions, you’ll need to understand how snowboards work and how to pick them out. Eventually you will develop your own taste in snowboards, but as you evolve, a beginner board is designed to get you there with ease, as you adjust to the foreignness of the sport. The board you eventually choose should boost your confidence and increase your eagerness to learn and get better at the sport. These are some factors you should look at when picking a snowboard:

Versatility

Whatever snowboard you buy must be able to do everything a snowboard should do; a snowboard cannot just be useful at one thing and one thing alone. A snowboard must be as versatile as possible. As a beginner you want turning to be as easy as possible to build confidence. If you are forever catching an edge your confidence will take a long time to build up and your progression will be slow. A snowboard that cannot give you that is not the perfect choice for you.

A traditional camber profile has camber not only underfoot but also towards the tip and tail. This camber towards the tip and tail will make it easier to catch an edge. Similarly, a completely flat board will have flat tip and tail; this is also great for catching an edge. Your board should be able to do anything you want it to; within its restrictions. You would want a board that would be able to do a bit of everything (but still be good for a beginner) you should get a board that could take you in any direction your snowboarding takes you, whether that be freestyle, casual, free riding and whatever else you set your mind to do.

Material

Nowadays, beginner boards are easy to find, the trick is finding the right one for you. The snowboard you pick should be made with the right materials to ensure it is durable. It can be devastating to have your board fall apart when it is in use. You would not want to spend your money on a snowboard that would not last.

A snowboard should be made to last the rider a long time even through perilous paths, especially for beginners. Beginners tend to scratch their boards during the learning process. Some even fall during this process and this may even break the board, thus is why you need to get a board that can stand through thick and thin, without falling apart at the next turn.  It is paramount that your snowboard is as strong as possible, to avoid it causing you accidents and unfortunate situations. You should make sure you check the quality and material of whatever board you pick.

Size

The size of your snowboard matters for stability, getting an unsuitable sized snowboard can greatly affect its suitability as a beginner board. Even if you get the flex and camber profile right, it won’t be ideal for learning and progressing on, if it’s in the wrong size.

 If you ride a board that is the wrong size for too long, the board becomes harder to control and harder to turn; and this is amplified the longer you go, until it’s like driving a train with no brakes. But go too short and you will be losing out on stability; the shorter you go, the more the board will feel twitchy and unstable. So getting a good size for your snowboard is really important, especially as a beginner. When buying a new board for a beginner, especially the board for a teenager, it can be tempting to buy one that they would grow into but please do not do this, a board has to be the perfect size to prevent unfortunate situations.

Length

While picking out a snowboard, it starts with understanding how length affects ride type and style. Each snowboard is made to a set length, specific to the rider’s purpose. Some snowboards are made with several lengths available to choose from, it is now up to you to understand how to choose a snowboard length.

The first thing you need to look at is the purpose of you picking the snowboard in the first place. For beginners, it is always best to choose a snowboard that is directly in the middle of your suggested length range.

Since you may not be sure yet of your style or preferences, staying in the middle of your range leaves you room to grow into any style you prefer. With time, as you get more experienced in the sport, you can change the size with time to something that is not too drastic.

Stability

The stability of a snowboard matters as much as the snow involved in the sport. A board that is not stable can cause you a lot of problems when it is in use.

Snowboarding is a sport that requires a lot of balance. You cannot master your balance in the sport without stability. The better you become at balancing on the skateboard, the faster you will learn more tricks and styles. Stability is the starting point to learning the art of snowboarding, without stability and good balance; you are not likely to go very far. If a snowboard has a high level of stability, it ensures that as a beginner you can build your confidence, make turns without much hassle and improve your skill level immensely.

Width

When just beginning the sport, you cannot have a board that is too small for your feet; this is why you need to match the size of your snow boots with your snowboard.

The board should be wide enough to cover most parts of your feet. If you can get a board that will keep your feet on it completely, that is even better. Make sure your feet are comfortable and no part is hanging out. Having any part of your feet hanging out could jeopardize your performance.

Shape

The shape of a snowboard also matters when taking its performance into account. Snowboards are sized, engineered, and built differently for each style so it is important to understand the difference. There are a handful of shapes available that you’ve probably heard of, but for those who do not know, they have been listed so that you do not end up with the wrong board.

Tapered:

These are directional boards with wider noses. The nose tends to be wider than the tail. They are fairly stiff making them perfect for powder riding.

Directional:

They have a longer nose combined with a shorter tail. You will find that some have a twin flex but the biggest percentage has a soft nose together with a stiff tail. They are crafted for all-mountain snowboarders and can also be used for beginners because they float better through powder.

True Twin:

These snowboards are symmetrical both in shape and flex. They also have a centered stance. These types of boards are ideal for free stylers and beginners.

Directional Twin:

It is a perfect combination of the directional and true twin. The board has the true twin shape and the directional flex, which make it perfect for free riding. These boards have softer noses and stiffer tails.

Camber Profile

A cambered snowboard is bent downward so that the tip and tail are touching the snow while the center of the board is lifted off the snow.

Once weighted, the entire board lays flat on the snow. This design style helps to apply even more pressure to the edge of the board along the entire length of the snowboard. This design helps ensure stability when being introduced to this new recreational activity.

Flex

Soft flex boards are usually the best place for beginners to start. These boards bend more easily than a stiffer board. For this reason they are easier to initiate turns, and more forgiving if you make a mistake.

Stiff boards provide more performance but they are harder to master and can be frustrating for beginners. These boards are harder to bend and curve which makes it slightly harder to maneuver for beginners. A soft flex snowboard is ideal for beginners because it is much easier to build your confidence on these boards. Stiffer snowboard is also physically more difficult to turn. This means it takes a lot more energy and will wear your muscles out quicker than a soft flex board would. More importantly for beginners, if you have to put in a lot of effort to turn the board it will be much more difficult to turn with good technique. You are likely to use your back leg as a rudder and to twist your upper body to help initiate the turn and both of those are bad habits to get into and will eventually lead to poor technique.

Rocker Vs. Camber

What exactly is rocker and camber? How does it affect your board? This is very easy to understand but it also makes a huge difference while picking out a snowboard.

Rocker:

This is most easily described as a banana shape. Rocker refers to an upturned shape where the center of the snowboard is in contact with the snow while the tip and tail are elevated.

This shape is maneuverable and can be easily turned switch. Rocker shape is helpful in applications such as park riding.

Camber:

This is the opposite of rocker; a cambered snowboard is bent downward so that the tip and tail are touching the snow while the center of the board is lifted off the snow. When pressure is applied, the whole board flattens and this gives it a stable profile.

Most times, snowboards feature some combination of camber and rocker to achieve a harmonious balance. It is rare to find a board that is only rockered.

Cambered boards tend to have a better edge, hold and control, while rockered boards tend to be faster and agile.

Side cut And Turn Radius

Side cut:

This is a term that refers to the shape of the edge of the snowboard. The difference in width between the tip, tail, and waist of the board make up what is called the side cut. The “waist” of the board is usually the dead center of the board between your feet. Side cut is important for modern snowboards because it helps in making carved turns.

Using the metal edge of the snowboard and the shape of the edge of the board, a snowboarder can cause the board to rip a turn in snow with a lot of ease. Carving turns are incredibly fun and possible due to the side cut. The greater the difference in width from tip to waist and to the tail, the greater the side cut. A snowboard with a dramatic “hourglass” shape would have a hefty side cut. A board with a greater side cut will result in a shorter and faster turn radius.

FAQs

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Q: What Should I be Looking For In A Beginner Snowboard?

A. In the beginning stages, snowboarding can be a bit difficult. Just like with cycling, the movements seem to be similar and simple, but learning to balance takes some time. Because of this peculiarity, it is better to choose a beginner snowboard for your individual needs rather than buying any random board.

You will need a snowboard that is light; when just beginning the sport, concentrating on your skills is paramount and that can be hard if you pick a slightly heavy snowboard. The board must be light enough to make the easy turns. A beginners’ snowboard should be soft; Soft snowboards are easy to control, which makes them more secure for beginners who are just getting a hang of the sport.

Q: Are Speed Laces Recommended For Boots?

A: It is mostly a choice between your budget and preference.

Most beginners don’t really need speed laces, beginner boots are usually softer in flex and large enough that they’re not necessarily constricting. That means you probably don’t need to loosen them up that much, unless you really just want to.

The goal of speed laces is to make it easy to quickly loosen your boots between runs. This is ideal for advanced riders who use stiffer or tight fitting boots. Loosening them between runs helps them feel better after riding all day. Speed laces are quite expensive so beginners are probably better off just going with the regular simple laces.

Q: Between A Shorter Snowboard And A Longer Snowboard, Which Is Better?

This is entirely your choice though they both have their benefits; it is up to you to pick the one you prefer. Short boards have better agility, quicker turns, easier to control, beginner friendly, less float off-trail. While longer boards have more stability at high speed, less chatter on groomers, bigger turn radius, more float in powder.

However, if you are a beginner and you’re likely to spend most of your time on groomed trails, we would recommend that you go with a relatively short board. They’re easier to learn, easier to control, and overall more beginners friendly.

Whatever board you choose should work well for you, as long as you are patient and don’t rush into stunts immediately. You should get to know your board, to avoid accidents and embarrassment.

Q: What Is The Best Snowboard Profile For A Park?

The park, also known as the “terrain park” is where all the professionals roll to see who’s got the best tricks to whip out. This is mostly where snowboarders go to show off their moves and so their newly acquired stunts.

Depending on your preferences and exactly what you’re trying to pull off, general park boarding is probably best done on a true twin tip. The directionless boards are perfectly symmetrical and perform exactly the same both regular and goofy (left or right foot forward).

Why not use a directional or partially directional board? Because many tricks require you to start or land switch which means starting goofy and landing regular or vice-versa. For beginners, a standard rocker-camber-rocker profile is going to be just fine. However, a flat board can be better for grinding. With a flat board you’ll lose a lot of that pop you can get by pre loading up the tail so expect “flat” air with a flat board. The best board for a beginner is a board that has a rocker-camber-rocker profile for easier landing after being in the air.

Q: What is P-tex?

A: P-tex is the plastic base material used on most snowboards and skis.

This is a very specific type of plastic that has the ability to absorb wax. Wax should be applied to the base of a snowboard on regular bases. Having fresh wax of the correct type can improve glide. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of wax is not usually to make a snowboard “faster” but instead to improve control. Like a sharp axe, a waxed and sharpened snowboard is much easier to control and predict for the rider. With good waxing, your board will glide and slide smoothly.

Compared to a dry base which can drag and stick to the ice at poor times, a good smooth base won’t leave you falling on your face when you are meant to drop in. If you get a nasty tear in your base from hitting a rock or stick, it must be repaired with P-tex Core shots, or tears in the base deep enough to reveal the core of the snowboard, it can usually be repaired too but you should take it to a tuner to be sure it is done right.

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A snowboard is a very important and major part of the “snowboarding” sport. A beginner board should be firm, agile, stable and durable. It should be as versatile as possible; making turns when you want it to, doing everything a functional snowboard does. Being a crucial part of the sport, the perfect snowboard must be chosen to prevent any discouragement while learning the sport. You cannot just pick any random board and take it out for a ride. You need a board that is crafted to fit the needs of your user level which at this point is beginner. At this stage, you will need a board that will be forgiving enough to help you ride and improve your skills while slowly showing you the ropes and helping you get used to the sport.

Nowadays, snowboards for beginners are very easy to find, the hard part is finding the one that is designed for you, suits your personality and style. You should have a suitable snowboard that would help you learn and progress with the confidence of a professional snowboarder.

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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!