Also check into Never Summer for your first board. Your not going to pay pennies for it, but your going to get one of the toughest boards on the market, and a 3 year warranty. That warranty will follow you well into your snowboarding "career" and up until you're wanting something different.
"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. Thatís my religion." - Abraham Lincoln
Moral of the story: If your going to rob people, wear a diaper.