Board length. The board length is determined by your height and weight. A medium board will come up between your chin and eyebrows. Board types. There are freestyle, free ride, and alpine or race boards. Freestyle boards are good for beginners. Free ride boards are more versatile. Friend's equipment. It's generally NOT a good idea to borrow equipment from friends. It's much safer to ride using equipment that's fit for you. Get snug boots. Your boots should be snug from heel to toe to make sure movements in your foot directly control your board. Heels down. When you stand up and lift your heel, your heel should not come up off the floor of the boot. Loose pants. Wear snowpants that allow you to move. You'll be bending your knees and twisting a lot more than in skiing. Snowboard lock. You may want to invest in a snowboard lock to keep your board secure when you head inside for lunch. Use the Safety leash. Don't forget to attach the safety leash to your leg so your board doesn't go sliding down the mountain when you unclip from your bindings. War one pair of socks. Wear one pair of thick, long non-cotton socks. Wear a helmet. These days, most riders wear a helmet. Since snowboarders fall a lot, it's a good idea to protect your head. Wear Gloves. Make sure to wear comfortable, warm, waterproof gloves or mittens. You should be able to easily make a fist while wereing them. Wear Goggles. Wear goggles or glasses with polycarbonate lenses that won't shatter when you fall. Wrist guards. Broken wrists are the most common snowboarding injury. Wear wrist guards to protect your wrists, especially if you're new to the sport.