Even if you only ride that board 5 times this season you are getting more than your moneys worth. I think as a beginner it really wouldn't matter what kind of board you step on to, because if you have nice bindings and boots you can always use them on another board so next season (or whenever you replace the board) all you need to buy is a board. Good price on the board and the bindings. I'd reccomend getting boots locally if you can so that you get to try them on first.
When the fuck did we get ice cream?