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OldDad 05-29-2012 6:21 AM

Beg Board questions
Greetings everybody! I have a question about a board for a portly old man such as myself. Looking for a beginner board that will also serve as the "house board" when newbies join us at the lake. Kids have boards for their friends. This one will be for me and other adults who want to give it a try.

I'm 48 years old, 6' and weigh.... ok, here it is.... 230lb! I have no intention of killing myself so what I'm looking for at this point of my life is ease of use and comfort. I need a board that will serve beginners. A few that I have looked at include:

Liquid Force Trip 146
Obrien Natural 144
CWB Kink 146
CWB Transend 142
Hyperlite State 145

I have based this solely on the description from the mfg. and assuming that the largest board is the easiest. If this is not the case, please let me know. I figure 142ish is the bottom range with 146 being .... well, a boat! What I really NEED is real life experience. Which boards do you and your friends LOVE and which did you have and not really like. I figure to do this once so I'd like to get it right.

Appreciate all of your help!

OldDad 05-29-2012 6:50 AM

Oops. Can't edit post (kinda weird) so here are two others that have come across my screen.

Ronix Vault 143
Slingshot Response 145 or 146 (Can't remember being old and all)

Wiatowski 05-29-2012 7:05 AM

O'Brien Clutch 142... It's great for beginners an intermediate riders. I sold one and not more than 5 seconds after I did regretted it cause it was my house board... so I bought another. :)

TBell 05-29-2012 7:10 AM

^yes the clutch is a solid board. I would also really recommend the O'Brien Valhalla 143. As an all around board for every skill level, it's probably the best board on the market (compared to other boards "built for everyone". I've witnessed tons of people learning to get up and make their first cuts on this board, cross the wake the first time, land their first invert, and there's even guys who absolutely kill it on this board. Go to your local O'Brien dealer and ask them about the Valhalla and I'm sure they'll give you all the info. But if you got any questions, just let me know!

Wiatowski 05-29-2012 5:47 PM

you can buy obrien boards at good prices at gander mountain.

cwb4me 05-29-2012 6:06 PM

The Liquid Force Trip is a great beginner board and very user friendly.The Ronix Vault is also a great beginner board.

jhartt3 05-29-2012 6:40 PM

2011 Vault on EVO.com for around 160 shipped. I just got mine cant wait to get out there on it. i found the 146 2011 Trip with index bindings for 200 online somewhere when i was searching and evaluating options. Everyone told me to go with the Vault so thats the way i went. I'm 6.4 220 and ride with 2 other guys of the same weight and height. If you want my opinion on this board vs a 2002 trip 143 i can give it later this week after i get a chance to ride the Ronix Vault. I can tell you one thing it looks awesome!

jhartt3 05-29-2012 6:42 PM

Link to the trip http://www.sportchalet.com/product/301716_3072763.do

jhartt3 05-30-2012 6:33 PM

Final answer from me... the Ronix Vault is awesome. So much more stable than the Trip I road before. Easy to get pop. Easy to go wake to wake. I cant wait to ride it again tomorrow.!!!!

bcail 05-31-2012 11:16 AM

From someone close to your size and age.

Have you considered a Murray. I'm 6'2" and 210 and will be 49 next month. I have really loved the Murray 145.
My skill level is w2w 180's and working on my first invert.

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