In the early days picking a snowboard size was done by choosing a board that was somewhere between your nose and your chin. While this is a good starting point, it’s pretty much the broadest possible guideline. Finding exactly the “right” length board for you depends on three factors – your height, your weight and your boot size. If you are size 11+ you will need to consider going for a wide board. It is also worth considering what snow conditions you’re most likely to encounter, your terrain and your style preference.
As a rule of thumb, longer boards are faster and more stable but will be harder to turn whereas a shorter board will be lighter and more manoeuvrable but will offer less edge grip.
The table below shows estimates for board length based on height and weight. Once you have found that, you have found what we can call the recommended standard length being an All-mountain board for an intermediate to advanced rider. From this you should adjust the length for style preference, ability etc. If you are a beginner rider you should look at taking 3-4cm off the recommended standard length
For example, if you’re into jibbing hitting rails and riding the dome you could take off 5-6cm. If you’re into freestyle jumps and all-round rider you might take off 2-3cm and if you like back country hitting fresh deep powder lines you might add 3-4cm. Female rider’s general prefer to take an extra 1-2cm off the measurements described.
For example, one of the guys in the workshop is 5’7” (170cm) and 11.4st (73kg) boot size 8, on the chart it tells them their ideal size is 156cm. Their preferred every day size for all over mountain riding going in the park hitting the jumps is a 153, if they are riding domes and rails they like to ride a 150 and if hitting the backcountry/ powder they go for 156-158. There is no right or wrong size, board length is a matter of personal preference.
The videos below have helpful hints and tips on how to select the right board for you, created by Whitelines for Surfdome in the Douk workshop.