What size snowboard should I ride? That's usually the first thing people ask when they walk into the store. Choosing the right snowboard size can be difficult, especially if it's your first board. But really it doesn't have to be. The length of your snowboard mostly depends on your body weight and the type of riding you plan to do.
Choosing Off Your Weight
Weight is the first factor you should consider when buying a snowboard. Back in the day, shops used to stand a snowboard next to you and if the tip of the board was near your chin that was the perfect size. We've gone away from this technique now, and now most shops will base your snowboard size off you weight (the board will never know how tall you are).
The below size guide is a general guide based on weight.
Type of Riding
The next factor to consider is your riding style. If you are unsure of this or plan to do a bit of everything, we suggest basing your snowboard purchase solely off the guide above.
If you are going to be mostly freeriding consider getting a slightly longer board (2-3cm longer than what your size would be based off weight) for more stability and speed. Unless you’re looking at a volume shifted board, in which case you're looking for a board that is shorter than your typical setup but adds the volume in the width. These snowboards can be quite short, 5-6cm shorter than your average setup.
If you are are going to be mostly hitting rails and jibs in the park, consider getting a slightly shorter board that is easier to throw around (2-3cm shorter than what your size would be based off weight) . If you're hitting big jumps a slightly longer/stiffer snowboard can be helpful for stability when landing.
If you're chasing powder or traveling overseas consider a slightly longer or volume shifted board, as this will help keep you floating above the snow.