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When it comes to selecting a freestyle snowboard, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, consider the type of riding you plan to do most often. If you're mostly hitting the slopes for some all-mountain carving, then you'll want a different board than if you're planning to spend most of your time in the park hitting jumps and jibs.
Second, take into account your own personal riding style and ability level. If you're a more aggressive rider, you'll want a board that can handle that, while a beginner or intermediate rider might want something a little more forgiving. And finally, don't forget to factor in the all-important issue of budget.
With all of that in mind, here are a few of our favorite freestyle snowboards:
For the all-mountain carver: The Kemper Freestyle is a great choice for the all-mountain carver who wants a freestyle-friendly board. It's got a versatile twin-tip shape that's great for carving up the slopes, but it's still got enough pop and flexibility for hitting the occasional jump or jib. It's also got a nice, stiff flex that will keep you stable at high speeds, but it's not so stiff that it's unrideable for the average rider.
For the park rider: If you're mostly riding in the park, you'll want a board that's specifically designed for that. The Kemper Rampage is a great option, with a twin-tip shape that's perfect for hitting jumps and jibs. It's got a softer flex that makes it easy to manipulate, and it's got a ton of pop for going big.
For the beginner or intermediate: If you're just starting out, or you're not quite ready for an aggressive board, the Kemper Fantom is a great option. It's got a twin-tip shape that's versatile enough for the park, but it's still got a forgiving flex that's easy to control. It's also got Kempers Rocker/Camber profile, which makes it easier to initiate turns and stay in control.