Hi, Im Alex and live in Sumner Washington. My first time boarding was Feb 2nd, i went to Mt Hood Meadows for a 3 day trip (they have a 3 day lift, rental and lesson package for 149$). I absolutely loved it, and as soon as i got back home i was checking out what would be a good setup for me. I went to a local snowboard and ski shop (owned and operated by the same person, a great guy with a ton of knowledge) and he set me up with a sweet deal on a nice set up. My stick is a Nidecker The Legacy with Flow The 5 bindings and Flow Rival BOA boots.