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Old 12-11-2002, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default snowboard question and UTEC question

ok two questions:
I'm from Florida and I dont snowboard regularily... what kinda of dimensions and sizes should I look for in a snow board?
is there anything that would hinger my already crap ability to snowboard?

also, what is a UTEC and what does it do?
universal timing and execution control?
is it like a VTEC or V.VTC tuner?
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Old 12-11-2002, 10:38 AM   #2
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User Tunable Engine Computer, I believe.

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Old 12-11-2002, 10:44 AM   #3
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Just make sure your toes dont hang over the snowboard... also depends on what you plan to do ... if you wana go fast get a larger board if you wana do tricks and have more control but less speed get a smaller board
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Old 12-11-2002, 10:49 AM   #4
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also, for general sizing, i was always told to start with a snowboard that comes right up to your chin... seems like a good way to determine length. but the width would depend on your shoe size.
and of course, like ntlancer said, size depends on what you're planning on doing.
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Old 12-11-2002, 11:00 AM   #5
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make it down the mountain in one piece.. lol
I'm not a pro, obviously...I went with a group for 3 days and when i came back from that I had hit a half pipe, did a 180 on it.. busted HARD...tried it a few more times and only landed it onced
I did an melon grab(? where one hand goes under the board, grabbing the opposite side??)
and that's about it..
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Old 12-11-2002, 11:53 AM   #6
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Usually the snowboard will have a weight range on a sticker on the board if its new. Then it depends on what you want to do. I am 5'9" and have a 155 as my first board. Its a good all around board. I found that I like pow and back country stuff more than the parks so my next board will be in the low 160 range. Probably a Never Summer Premier. If you like parks stay in the smaller range and pick a freestyle board. They are more flexible which is what you want in the pipe. If you are carving you want a stiffer board. Going to BC in Feb and cant wait!! Oh and wait until April to buy and you will save like 30%.
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Old 12-11-2002, 12:30 PM   #7
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UTEC is not like VTEC. UTEC (software) remaps the engine computer where VTEC (hardware) is variable valve timing.

As for snowboarding, 2 words: butt pads. Seriously. I've been snowboarding for 6 years, hardly ever fall, but I still wear mine. I wish I would have bought some when I was first learning, it is money well spent. I know these guys have them, it's where I bought mine. However, there are probably several companies making them now.
Two more tips: 1) pushing your knees together when you ride seems to make it easier to turn and makes it less likely you'll catch an edge; 2) think about which way your head is turned. If you ride "regular" (left foot forward), you will be looking left when going straight down the hill. Most people tend to start turning their hips left when looking left...being mindful of this sometimes helps.
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