not to jack your post....
but im about 5'6 as well 160pnds size 8.
i was just gonna post the same question then saw yours so i thought i would piggy back (hope you dont mind).
ive been out 4 times this season (first season) im done growing, gonna try to loose about 15 pnds before summer hits. looking for an all mountain board i suppose but something with flex so i can start messing around with butters in the backyard now i feel more comfy on the mountain.
i dunno if its just me but the "caculators" and "charts" online all have contradicting info and its quite confusing for a first time board buyer. any info is appreciated.