How to Make a Snowboard More Flexible

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How to Make a Snowboard More Flexible
Extra flexible boards are made for freestyle riding. (snowboard girl image by Maxim Petrichuk from

Snowboard flexibility depends on your weight, riding style and skill level. Shorter, softer boards are more flexible, while longer boards are more stiff. Lighter body weights and smaller frames should use the shorter boards, and are recommended for beginners. Snowboarding should provide a comfortable experience, so mould your snowboard perfectly for you and the type of riding you prefer.

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    Bend your snowboard before riding. Attach yourself to both bindings and hop back and forth from the nose, which is the front of the board, to the tail, the back of the board. This is your snowboard's longitudinal flex. Do this on the snow so you don't scuff your board or get wax from the bottom of your board on anything.

    How to Make a Snowboard More Flexible
    Longitudinal flex refers to the snowboard's nose to tail, while torsional flex refers to the board's width. (snowboard image by sparkia from
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    Break in your snowboard. The more you ride, the more flexible the board becomes. Longer, firmer boards are less flexible than shorter boards because they are for heavier people, but you can break them in just the same and end up with similar flexibility as a shorter board if you board enough.

    How to Make a Snowboard More Flexible
    Ride your snowboard to make it less stiff. (snowboard image by Charles Taylor from
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    Buy a softer board. If you're having a hard time manoeuvring or feel you are going too fast, it is best to buy a snowboard made specifically for flexibility. Longer, harder boards will only break in so much and are made for free riding, which are designed for half-pipes and to float well on powder, rather than freestyling.

    How to Make a Snowboard More Flexible
    Flexible snowboards provide easier manoeuvring. (pink snowboard girl image by Maxim Petrichuk from

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