am i too tall for snowboarding

Am I Too Tall To Snowboard? Why Size Doesn’t Matter!

by Fraser

Snowboarding is arguably the best part of winter. It would certainly be a shame to miss out! Unfortunately, some tall people worry that they can’t participate in a sport that requires top-level balancing. Have you ever wondered, am I too tall to snowboard?

You are not too tall for snowboarding, no-one is. Nonetheless, your height does influence the length of your snowboard. If you are interested in snowboarding, don’t just start with any snowboard; acquire one that corresponds with your height. 

This article discusses the importance of considering your height when acquiring a snowboard. I’ve also made a chart to guide you on the snowboard length that best matches your height and weight. So, enjoy the read!

How Height Influences Snowboarding 

Admittedly, snowboarding is one of the few sports where being short is actually an advantage (a rare win for me). 

A low centre of gravity makes it easier to turn sharply without overbalancing. It’s also shown to be beneficial for inverts.

You may have noticed that most high level pro snowboarders are on the… shorter side.

But does this mean tall snowboarders are doomed to mediocrity?


The Tallest Pro Snowboarders

These are some of the best snowboarders on the planet… and they’re pretty tall. No excuses!

  • Aaron Biitner – 6′ 0
  • Sebbe De Buck – 6′ 3
  • Scotty Lago 6′ 1
  • Andreas Wiig 6′ 1
  • Bode Merrill 6′ 2
  • Mikkel Bang 6′ 2

Being Tall In Snowboarding

Many snowboarders yearn to know what it takes to be triumphant in our challenging winter sport.

However, tall people aspiring to be proficient snowboarders are often concerned that their height will limit their achievements.

This doesn’t need to be the case, but tall snowboarders should make sure their equipment matches their height (no innuendo intended). 

In general, tall people have wider stances than short people. Therefore, they balance better with longer-sized boards than with short ones. However, weight is also a vital factor to consider before settling on a snowboard.

A snowboard that is too firm for you will negatively affect your performance on the slopes, as you won’t be able to flex it enough. On the other hand, a soft snowboard will impede your snowboarding by compromising your stability.  

As a taller person, you’ll also want to make sure the board is long enough to have enough edge hold. 

Hence, finding a snowboard that matches your height and weight is crucial in excelling in the sport.

Choosing The Right Board For Your Height

Gone are the days where we decided on board size by simply holding it up to your chin. 

Weight is now known to be more important than height. 

The following chart will guide you in choosing the best snowboard depending on your height and weight:

Rider Height (in) Rider Height (cm) Rider Weight (lbs) Snowboard Size (cm)
4’10”  147 110-120 (49-54 kg) 128-136
5’  152 115-130 (52-58 kg) 133-141
5’2″  158 125-135 (56-61 kg) 139-147
5’4″  163 135-145 (61-65 kg) 144-152
5’6″  168 140-155 (63-70 kg) 149-157
5’8″  173 150-165 (68-74 kg) 154-162
5’10”  178 160-175 (72-79 kg) 159-167
6′  183 170-185 (77-83 kg) 160+
6’2″  188 180-195 (81-88 kg) 162+
6’4″ 193 190-205 (86-92 kg) 162+

You’ll notice that after a certain size, the recommended lengths include an “+”.

This is really because riders of this size do really need to figure out their personal preference. 

Snowboards go up to much bigger lengths (this one is 203cm long!). However when you get up to these lengths, the agility and snappiness of the board will start to suffer. 

Trying to flex a 203cm snowboard around a narrow mogul field would be pretty darn tricky!

In Conclusion 

No, you are not too tall to snowboard. However you are at a slight disadvantage compared to short guys. Adapt your style accordingly!

Now, why not check out these amazing resorts in Japan. The powder is shoulder deep, even for you!

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