Choosing the right snowboard size can be difficult. Often opinions vary on how long or how short to go. Here at Melbourne Snowboard Centre we have come up with a simple solution to finding your perfect board size. 

Firstly, try not to get overwhelmed by all the tech talk of cambers and flex ratings, there's so much information out there but initially you need to consider four main points: weight, height, ability and where you spend your time riding.

Most manufacturers give a recommended rider weight for each snowboard in their range. We have tried to include this data on all of our snowboard pages to make it easier for you to consider your options and find the right board. The range is really only a suggestion and if you find yourself outside the range, that's fine too. It also comes down to personal preference and if you find yourself below the range, the board may feel a bit stiffer and if you're above the range you might find it rides a bit softer. 

Weight & Height

If this is the first board you're purchasing and you previously hired, you'll be used to the rental place sizing you up and putting you on any board that falls roughly anywhere from your chin to your nose. This is fine for an average height/weight rider however, it doesn't take into consideration the most important factor when choosing the correct size snowboard, your weight.

When you're riding your snowboard, you're using your weight to control the board, it determines how the board will flex, your board will never know how tall you are.

This is why we always recommend choosing a board on weight and height rather than height alone. 

Where You Ride

This is important because some styles of riding require longer or shorter boards. If you spend more time in the park it is helpful to size down slightly to make quicker turns, faster spins and have more control while buttering through boxes and rails. If you prefer chasing powder and traveling overseas you may want a slightly longer board. The added surface area will help you float above the snow much like a surfboard in water. Typically for the average rider in Australia we recommend a slightly smaller board compared to what we might recommend to someone traveling overseas.  

Below we have made a chart that will assist you in figuring out what snowboard size is right for you. As long as you fit inside the board size range you shouldn’t notice too much of a difference:

Weight (kg)

Average Board Size (cm)

Board Size Range (cm)

27

95

90-100

32

110

105-115

36

120

115-125

41

130

125-135

45

138

135-140

50

141

138-144

54

143

140-146

59

146

142-148

63

147

144-149

68

149

146-152

73

151

148-154

77

154

151-157

82

155

152-158

86

156

153-159

91

158

155-161

95

160

157-163

100

162

158-165

105

163

159-167

110

164

160-168


If you are still having trouble figuring out what size snowboard to ride, come visit the shop and we would be happy to go over it with you. If you aren’t near Melbourne you can also email any questions or call us on (03) 9470 1822.