Originally Posted by poutanen
One piece of advice. If you're staying up the whole day, you're not trying hard enough!
I've been boarding 20 years and fall several times a day.
Another thing that I strongly suggest to new riders looking at a new board: Demo as many as you can. Now is not the time to buy a board, they're in demand and prices are high. If you can ride your current board for this season, and get to any demo days there are in your area, then buy a board mid-late in the season.
Mostly agree with that. Although I think that at his stage demo-ing a lot of more boards is overkill. Instead, he should try a few decks from friends or that are floating around used and go with whatever matches his requirements and feels comfortable/fun.
Totally agree with the bit of when to buy.
Also, Skate Banana is a great board (if a little expensive), but at 152 seems too small for the OP for anything but pure park riding.