Thx for the advice Mike. I can buy packages for the same cost, so my thought was to purchase, give it a few gos and if I don't like it re-sell the stuff for what I paid (or close to that).
I'm not a quitter so I am hoping I like it and could get a season or two out of the gear before buying new.
like skiing... the boot is the most important part of the equipment.
buy a good pair of boots, have it properly fitted to you.
rent boards the rest of the season.
end of season and beginning next season... buy new, leftover equipment.