Nivek, thanks for the response. it feels good to have someone narrow things down for me a bit. gonna start looking into those boards now.
another question tho. as far as choosing in the higher recommended lengths for freeride, if down the road i want to focus more on the park can i get into it at a beginner level with a longer board? will having a longer board jack up my learning curve? and on the oppisite end will having a shorter board effect my progression freeride by that much? i guess im looking for a happy medium but i definately want my purchase to last a few seasons.
thanks again, ive learned so much the week i have been lurking these forums.