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  • Base - the bottom surface of the snowboard that aids in gliding.

  • Bevels - the transition area between the snowboard's sidewall and the snowboard's base.

  • Chamber - the curvature of the snowboard's base that helps distribute the rider's weight over the length of the snowboard.

  • Cord length - the overall length of the snowboard.

  • Dampening - the reduction of snowboard vibration or "chatter".

  • Edge - the metal surface on the snowboard that aids in snow holding.

  • Fakie - Riding backwards on the snowboard.

  • Flex/Torsion Ratio - the relationship of a snowboard's longitudinal flex to its torsional flex. Softer longitudinal flex and stiffer torsional flex provide more stability.

  • Goofy - Right-foot-forward snowboard rider.

  • Length - the measurement in centimeters from the snowboard's tip to its tail.

  • Longitudinal flex - the measured amount in which the snowboard flexes along its length.

  • Plate binding - binding for use with hard shell or Alpine ski boot.

  • Regular - Left-foot-forward snowboard rider.

  • Running surface - the total area of the snowboard that contacts the snow's surface.

  • Side Cut - the "hourglass" shape of the snowboard results in a wide tip and tail and a narrow waist.

  • Swing weight - the rotational mass of the snowboard--a lower swing weight allows quicker turn initiation.

  • Tail - the rearward most part of the snowboard.

  • Tip - the forward most part of the snowboard.

  • Torsional flex - the measured amount in which the snowboard flexes along its width or the amount in which the snowboard "twists".

  • Weight - the physical mass of the snowboard.