I've taken up and then abandoned enough pursuits over the years to have learned not to spend a bunch of dough until I'm sure I'm going to stick with something. YMMV. Keep in mind that the end of season sales start soon, at which time you might be able to get a sweet deal on some new equipment (I did that my first year). Meanwhile, depending on how often you plan to go, you might rent a couple of times or just buy a beater board locally (craigslist?). I can almost guarantee that whatever board you buy, new or used, you'll want to replace it in a year. It's not a quality issue, it's just that when you know more about what you want, you'll want something else. Unless you're incredibly lucky or very very smart.