Yea not really sure why lib tech are recommending them so long? Seems strange. I'm at the lower end of intermediate I suppose (backside 180), looking to do a bit of everything but leaning towards freeride. Is there anyone who thinks I'll be alright with the 159? Will it make a massive difference to someone at my lower level? Is the big difference that its basically harder to get the board around for tricks? I get to board two weeks a year if that makes any difference. I'm tempted to try it for a 1 week holiday and just sell it if I dont like it. Am I being retarded?