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Is there a standard or usual radius snowboards are made to?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi all!

 

I good friend of mine is into snowboarding and we would like to try figure 8's in

groomed or light dustings.

 

I only ski, she only boards.

 

What radius skis should I bring for what we are trying to do?

 

I have 12.5, 15.5, 18 and 21m skis.

 

Thanks for any suggestions.

 

MG

 

PS: I know very little to snowboarding.

post #2 of 6

well it can really varry based on size i believe and make(don't quote me on that)....my first question would be the skill level of your friend because if she can't carve properly(meaning she is going edge to edge and is actually able to use the full turn radius of the board itself)???....then my second question would be what board does she ride and that would include the make model size and year....from there you can pretty much just look it up online

post #3 of 6

If you have to ask the question, we can probably safely rule out perfectly carved turns. But 8's in powder competitions are not carved either so this is not a big deal. Snowboards generally have tighter turning radii than skis, but since we're not talking carved turns, this won't be a factor. Unless you're going to dig trenches in corderoy, a little skidding will make tracks that show up better anyway. The key thing is how you're going to make the tracks. In competitions, the skiers ski right behind each other and the trailing skier follows the leading skier's rhythm. This helps to make the tracks look symmetric. But being on different gear (and making different movements), you might find it easier to have the trailing skier 8 the tracks vs synching with the leading skier. As long as you are making short medium to medium sized turns, this should be doable on most available/normal gear. It's amazing how good what you think was a crappy effort can turn out.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the tips.

 

I guess it is wiser to have the skier trail to close the figure 8s in that sense.

 

MG

post #5 of 6

That sounds fun smile.gif

post #6 of 6

In terms of radius, most snowboards very generally fall between 7 and 9m with carving/race decks pushing on up to 11-14m  Ive never been able to translate ski to snowboard directly.

i.e the numbers alone do not represent similar turns in use.

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