Snowboarding can be tricky to get the hang of – and it can be tempting to look for shortcuts. Will a flash-as-all-hell snowboard speed up your learning?
No. No it will not.
When you’re starting out, the last thing you want is an ultra-tech stick. Usually they’re too stiff and too unforgiving, and the weight saving is not something that you’re likely to appreciate just yet.
The boards listed below represent the best options for newbies – they all get the job done, and will take an age to grow out of. Most are also just as kind to your wallet as they are to your knees/arse.
All boards are in alphabetical order. All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi – click any image to enlarge
Production: Tom Copsey / Andrew Duthie / Arian Schlichenmayer / Sami Tuoriniemi