Originally Posted by tdn
I figure you're not sure what kind of riding you want to do yet. I recommend sticking with something between 159-163cm and on the cheap end while you learn how to ride properly. After a season or two, then buy something nicer and more specific to what you want to do.
^^^^^ agree x2
I'm 6" 1' also (180ish lbs) and I now ride a 154 park board, and a 159 all mountain board for cruising down the mountain. It mainly depends on weight and width etc.. height has not a lot to do with it (well.. to an extent..)
Go to your local shop.. tell them what you told us.. they'll hook you up