Ride Machete!! It doesn't matter if it's too advanced for you. You will be able to progress quickly on it. Its an awesome board. You can take it anywhere and it will get the job done. It will fit your riding style nicely since you want to get into the park but slowly ease your way in. And its not a board made specifically for the park, it goes anywhere on the moutain. Since you have quite a bit to spend I would just go with last years model and save some money. Anyways, its up to you.
Speaking from experience, the machete is a bit more then medium flex. About a 6 (and I think that's what Ride has on their website). Its very stable off of jumps and wont wash out at high speeds (no chatter). Its a very smooth ride. And did I mention it's light?
Last edited by arl2; 11-21-2012 at 01:36 PM.
Reason: forgot some info