We carry the best brands of snowboards available on the market including Burton, Capita, Lib Tech, GNU, Rome, Roxy, Salomon and Nitro. Our range covers boards to suit beginners through to advanced riders. To begin choosing a snowboard, categorise your riding into the following; Park/Freestyle, All-Mountain Freestyle or Freeride/Powder.
Park/Freestyle snowboards, as the name implies, are designed to excel in terrain-park conditions. Most park boards will feature a true-twin shape designed to be ridden switch without compromise and will vary in flex from soft to stiff depending on primary use case being rails or large jumps. Most park snowboards will feature a soft flex best for rails, jibbing and small to medium jumps. Park snowboards are a great option for beginners as their soft flex is fun and forgiving.
All-Mountain Freestyle boards make up most of the market as they are versatile and well suited to Australian terrain and conditions. Most all-mountain freestyle boards feature a directional twin shape making them slightly tapered from tip to tail to aid turn-in but still retaining the twin profile making them well suited to terrain parks and riding switch. Their flex will tend to be stiffer than park/freestyle snowboards for increased edge hold and stability, however still remain soft enough for tricks and jibs.
Freeride snowboards jump up another level and are best suited to fast-paced groomers, un-groomed snow within resort boundaries and backcountry. Freeride snowboards are mostly directional in shape meaning they are meant to be ridden with one end always facing downhill. The flex of a freeride snowboard is usually stiffer than a park or all-mountain freestyle board as they have increased edge hold and stability especially at speed.
Snowboards are available in different cross-sectional profiles. Camber (traditional) snowboards touch the snow at the tip and tail but lift up through the middle. Camber provides edge-hold and stability at speed with added ‘pop’ off jumps and side-hits. Rocker or Reverse Camber touches the snow in the middle of the board and lifts up at its tip and tail. Rocker is easy to ride and provides great float in powder but does not have as much edge-hold and stability when compared to camber. Most all-mountain freestyle boards feature a blend of both profiles; Camber between the bindings to provide edge-hold and stability with rocker tip and tail for more versatility in powder or soft-snow conditions.
The price of a snowboard varies based on its construction and features. A snowboard with added materials such as carbon rods will have more pop and energy than one without. Likewise, a snowboard with a high quality sintered base will absorb more wax and glide faster when compared against cheaper extruded bases. Snowboard sizing is based primarily on the weight of the rider but should also incorporate snowboard boot size and the style of snowboard itself. For example; A park board can be ridden in shorter lengths and a freeride snowboard might want to be ridden in longer lengths. For men with boot sizes of US 11.5+, the rider should investigate the waist width of the snowboard and consider a wide model if necessary.