Snowboarding was the fastest growing winter sport by 2010, according to the ABC-of-Snowboarding website. An Olympic winter sport since 1998, snowboarding continues to grow in popularity, with most ski resorts now permitting snowboarding on their slopes. Nearly 70 percent of snowboarders are under the age of 24. If your kids are learning how to snowboard, it is important that they have the correct size board. Height, weight and shoe size are the primary factors which determine board size.
How to Size a Snowboard for Kids
Stand the snowboard up next to the child. According to the Snowboard-Master website, the first general rule of snowboard sizing is that the tip of the board should be between the child's nose and chin. Shorter boards provide more maneuverability, which is especially important for beginners.
Select a snowboard size appropriate for your child's weight. The second rule for snowboard sizing, reports Snowboard-Master.com, is that if the child weighs 100 pounds, then the board length should be about 140 centimeters. For every 20 pounds heavier or lighter than 100 pounds, add or subtract 5 centimeters from the board's length. If your child is lighter than 60 pounds, purchase the board by the child's height, not weight.
Choose a snowboard width based on your kid's shoe size. If the board is too thin, there will be toe drag, and if the board is too wide, it will be unresponsive. Stand on the board and strap into the bindings to determine a proper fit. Snowboard-Master.com recommends a board width of 24 centimeters or less for boot size 8 or smaller and a board width of 24 to 26 centimeters for boot sizes 8.5 to 10.5.
A flexible board is better suited to kids' abilities, as it turns quicker and easier at low speeds.
Snowboarding can be dangerous. Use appropriate caution and wear protective gear such as a helmet, goggles and wrist guards.