We have crazy deals on Complete set-ups. Note: the common size is a 7.5 but it all depends on you. Wider is better for bigger guys. I ride an 8. "Completes" are less expensive and all ready to go. You can piece meal your set-up together by picking and choosing your components but that intimate knowledge comes from knowing what products that you like.
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Where do you plan to skate? Street carver, skate park, or ramp/vert rider?
Do you plan on getting into tricks are just cruising around?
What is your shoe size and weight?
As a old school snowboarder I ride one of these all summer down the bus parking lot at my resort. It's pretty much snowboarding/surfing on pavement.