Find Your Si Board Balance Board By Measuring Your Stance
Finding the perfect board size for you can be difficult- so here is a quick measuring tip to find your ultimate ride. Elysia shows you how to measure the rail stances and get comfortable with the space you are in.
At Si Boards, we basically have 3 board sizes, Small, Medium and Large. What is your size? The sizing has to do with how tall you are. I like to match a taller rider with a larger board, because that gives you a more natural stance, it allows you to do big movements that fit your body. Imagine being on this teeny tiny board, but you’re actually 6’ tall. It’s just not going to work very well. So, size the board to your height, and then think about the type of training you want, and how much versatility you want.
Are you going to travel with your board? That may dictate whether you get an Original Board or a Starter Board. Smaller Boards like the Turbo, travel really well, they fit great into a suitcase.
The medium size Freestyle Original and Freestyle Starter are great for a variety of users. So, for families with a variety of heights or for Strength and Conditioning programs where they have a variety of heights, that medium size board tends to fit everybody. And the big Commando Board is perfect for your tall, powerful athletes, like your Volleyball and Basketball players, the ones that are way up over here, that large board is going to fit them.
If you are a medium size rider the Commando Board is going to be great for full body training, whereas the Turbo Board is going to be perfect for small quick motions, maybe complex training where you’re doing some tennis skills some basketball skills on there. So you’re having a smaller area to ride so it’s not over taxing your legs. We have so many riders that have multiple boards, and it really depends on what type of training they want to do. So, if you just want to start with your first board to your collection and just still aren’t sure what to do, here is what I suggest.
Usually, people are just in between two board sizes, they don’t have that range of small, medium, large; they are in between two sizes. So we are going to measure out the rail size because that is where you are going to be standing, over the rail ends, not over the big board ends. Our small Turbo Original has a 20” rail, so I’m going to go from zero to 20. The Freestyle Original has a 28” rail, and then the Commando is 36” .
Once you’ve measured it out you’re going to jump on. This is the ride stance for the Turbo Original Board, how do I feel doing some squats, maybe getting into a unique lunge position. When I do that, does that feel good? Do I want to do maybe some basketball skills, how does that feel? Your second board is your Freestyle Original, and this is the stance for the Freestyle Original for me. How does that feel with the squat?
That’s much more difficult on the legs because the stance is wider. If I get into a lunge position, maybe I want to throw some balls around, doing some rotational moves.
OK! And then the Commando Board, 36” rail. Look how wide my stance is. Now imagine, you are on a board, on a ball and you’re moving foot to foot. So, You have weight distributed from this side to this side. Does that feel comfortable? Are you going to be able to add those motions in there, feeling really comfortable with that wide-wide stance? I can’t say it enough, but I love the Commando Board, I mean, it’s my favorite! Another thing to consider is how versatile you need to be? Are you going to be doing full body motions on your board? You want to do a full body exercise like the Bucking Bronco and you’re on the Turbo, you’re going to be nice and tight in here and that maybe perfect for you because that’s the type of training that you need. If you don’t have that flexibility then go on over to the Freestyle and if it still too tight for you, then the Commando.
I hope that helps measure out your size. In the comments below if you have any other tips for Si Boarders, let us know and lets expand the community. Have a great ride and guess what? Keep on Breaking the Rules!
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What Type Of Flooring Should I Use With My Si Board?
Hey Si Boarders! It’s Elysia, and today’s Q and A is “What type of flooring are you using?”
I get this question a lot: “What type of flooring should I use, because I have tile, or I have hardwood in my house?” “Will the rail damage the tile or the hardwood?” Well, the simple answer is, it is a steel rail system and the board does have grip. So it is possible for that board and that rail to scratch the hardwood or the tile.
The other reason why I would suggest putting down something is to add some traction, because the hardwood or the tile, or even slick concrete can be very slick on the rail system. So if you’re trying to get a good start, and you’re slipping around, you won’t be able to get a really solid foundation when you start to ride.
You also don’t want a sticky rail or something that’s going to stick to the floor, because when you do need to stop, and you slide to the edge, and it hits the floor, it’s going to be very abrupt, and you’re just going to kind of go flying, and we definitely don’t want that.
Here at Si Boards, we use the red, interlocking foam mat. This one’s been beat up very, very well. I think I got these from rubberflooringinc.com, and these are the eco mats.
I believe these are 3/8", and this is perfect for me on top of the concrete. It’s not really that thick to slow me down, and it’s not super thin so that it’s going to be extremely fast. The thicker the mat, then the slower the ride. So if you’re a beginner and want to slow it down, put down an extra mat or some carpeting.
What else could you use? When I do some outdoor demos, I will bring a rubber mat. Now this one is really, really thin, and so it’s nice and light. It’s easy to carry. However, when you do put it down and you are riding, sometimes that ball and the traction on the mat will tend to lift it up. It doesn’t really get in your way. It’s just like an extra wave of rubber going with you.
The other type of surface that people ask about is the training turf, or outdoor turf. Now if you have the indoor turf where it’s pretty dense, it will work. But if you have something very spongy, or even natural grass, that is going to displace a little bit too much, and you’re not really going to get a true, true ride.
Concrete is super, super fast, and I love concrete. So this is actually my favorite demo board that I ride outside, at the park on concrete, and sometimes one of those rubber kids outdoor play area. But the concrete will scratch the rail. Our rail is steel and it has a thick powdercoat on there. But if you can see that it’s actually got a bit of wear, but it’s very surface because this is a thick steel rail.
I cannot say enough about the high end, Baltic birch plywood that we use. Absolutely love it, and I love the finishes that we put on here because it just lasts. So if you’re going to use on concrete, just know that you are going to scratch the rail, but it will be okay, as long as you’re not storing it outside in the harsh weather elements, you should be fine.
If you’re also wondering, “How many squares would I need? How many squares would I get?” Well, at a very minimum, you can get by with a 4 x 4 area on a Turbo board if you’re not riding, you’re just hanging tight there on a wobble or a rocker board. But if you do want to start some motion, the very minimum I would say would be 6 x 6 feet, or even 6 x 4 feet, you can get away with that. And the very best would be 8 x 8’ if you’ve got the area.
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What's In A Name?
The Original paved the way to create the most versatility and skillful balance board. We put our best foot forward using the highest quality materials and design features. Continuous rocker, sturdy multipurpose steel rails and boards to fit all rider heights.
We created the Starter for growing kids, fitness on the go and limited budgets. Kids drooled to ride the Original boards but their feet were too small. The Starter series was born as a way to offer an economical balance board designed with adjustable rails and smaller ball options. Everybody can get Started on multi-directional balance training with these boards.
Si Boards are designed for your individual needs and take height, weight, shoe size, sport training goals and budget into consideration. Below are common categories to consider when finding the right board for you. Here's a quick look.
How Tall Are You?
3' - 4'
4' - 5'4"
5'4' - 6'
- Original boards: Turbo and Powder
- Starter boards: all models
6' - and taller
- Original boards: All models
- Starter boards: all models
- Original boards: Freestyle, Surf, Commando
- Starter boards: Freestyle, Surf
What Is Your Weight?
Under 220 lbs
Over 220 lbs
- All Original and Starter boards
What Is Your Shoe Size?
- All Original and Starter boards
What Is Your Ride Stance Measurement?
Get into a comfortable squat stance and measure the distance from the outside of each foot. Do a few squats and side lunging within a comfortable range. We suggest a ride stance that matches your comfort.
- 10" - 16": Kids Kick Start board
- 16" - 38": Powder Starter
- 18" - 26": Turbo Original
- 18" - 38": Powder Original
- 20" - 34": Freestyle Starter
- 28" - 34": Freestyle Original
Understanding Ride Stance:
Some riders choose a larger board to develop strength while other choose a smaller board to develop quickness.
When Comparing Two Different Boards
- The larger board will require greater leg strength and will ride slower.
- The smaller board will require less leg strength and will ride faster requiring more coordination.
What Are Your Training Goals?
I want to develop leg strength and coordination:
- Suggested a board that fits your ride stance.
I want to use the board predominantly for upper body moves:
- Suggested a larger ball for range of motion.
I am not interested in riding a ball and will only use half balls:
- Suggested a larger board.
I am still growing in height:
- Suggested a Starter board with adjustable rail.
I am interested in doing tricks and advanced riding:
- Strongly recommend an Original board.
I work with a variety of clients and skill levels:
- Suggested a Freestyle board with ball and half ball
Ball Size And Speed:
Si Boards balls ride fast and responsive. You can place a padded carpet under the ball to slow the speed if you are a beginner. We suggest starting with a smaller ball and progressing to a larger one.
The Larger Ball:
- Requires greater leg strength
- Rides slow and smooth
- Reduces ride space due to larger diameter
- Provides more board tilt
- Keeps you higher off the ground which may be uncomfortable for beginners
The Smaller Ball:
- Requires less leg strength
- Rides fast and quick
- Keeps you closer to the ground to stop easier
- Suggested for beginners
Board Size And Weight:
Si Boards come in a variety of sizes and weights which makes for a unique ride for all of them. Original boards are heavier compared to the Starter boards. In general heavier boards ride slower.
The Larger And Heavier Board:
- Is smooth and flows into transitions
- Requires greater leg strength to quickly carve a turn
- Is more balanced feeling
The Smaller And Lighter Board:
- Fast and whippy
- Allows you to quickly move and turn
- Requires less strength to control
This is the angle of the board when one side touches the ground and the other side rests on the ball. We suggest beginning riders start with smaller balls to reduce extreme board tilt.
Greater Board Tilt: (a larger ball)
- Requires more ankle, knee and hip range of motion
- Allows the rider to carve turns in more extreme angles
- Increases the starting angle and strength needed to get started
Less Board Tilt: (a smaller ball)
- Requires more fine tuning of the ankles, knees and hips to keep the board level
- Allows the board to stop and ground easier
Forward And Backward Motion:
This motion requires greater coordination of your hips and feet and can feel awkward at first. Greater forward and backward motion increases the difficulty.
- Original boards have more forward and backward motion due to a wider rail size.
- Starter boards are suggested for riders with small feet to control the motion.
Rail height help contains the ball under the board. If you plan on practicing tricks or advanced moves we suggest an Original board with the steel rail. We do not suggest practicing tricks on a Starter board due to the shortened rail height and hardness of balls.