I obsessed over what board to get for a long time, and the time would have been better spent trying on boots. Don't bother trying to decipher all the tech jargon. There's so much of it and you won't even notice it as a beginner. I sure didn't. Just pick up a quality all-around board with medium to soft flex from a reputable manufacturer and go shred. Suggestions include Burton Custom, Nitro Team, NeverSummer SL-R, K2 Believer, etc etc (there are many more). I think any of these are forgiving enough for a beginner but leave tons of room to grow and progress into any riding style you may fancy. Just know that if you go with Burton, you will probably have to get Burton bindings as well.
Last edited by stillz; 02-04-2010 at 12:14 AM.