I've been boarding for over 20 years, mostly freeride and avoiding park riding. My last board was a Burton Air from 1992 and I road it to death. Over the Christmas break I was at Dicks Sporting goods and found that board I think it was last years for $120 but I had a coupon that brought it down to $90. I spent about 80 on bindings and its a great board for the amount of times I get out there these days.
Plus I have size 12.5 boots so I needed board with a little more width.