+1 on the weird boot size fit. I wear size 9 shoes and I'm in a size 8 boot, you really need somebody to help you try them on and check fitment...
Also, you can get way better deals in the spring. I bought all my recent gear last spring in Ontario for 50% off, so did my girlfriend. The sales are usually pretty hectic but you can spend time in the store a week or two ahead of the sales and figure what you want, so you just rush in when the open the doors and bolt for what you want. People might think that's a bit extreme to save money, but my board boot binding combo would have been about $2100 at full price with tax, so $1050 for it all is sweet!!!
Jackets, pants, helmets, goggles, etc. sometimes go on sale for even less than 50% of original price.
Not saying there's anything wrong with a 25% off deal right now, but maybe it'd be worth renting for a few times this season to get a feel for what you like. There's such a massive variety of board options available these days, it'd be nice to have a small idea of what you like to ride on before purchasing your first board.