Word of advice, I wasted the first half of my first day with a group lesson (spent 10x more time on sitting watching than I did actually on my board learning) and the next day and a half after that on some noodly p.o.s. burton hero that the rental guy gave me. Get a medium stiff board that has some dampening and edge hold so your not getting bounced around and skidding out all the time. I sure with experience you can carve what ever on those noodly park boards but its hard if you're a beginner. Got a burton custom on my 3rd day and was carving up blues on my 4th, that board made a huuuge difference.