I would demo both of the boards that you are looking at if at all possible. The T.Rice is a great board, but I've never ridden the Never Summers.
If you haven't looked at it yet, I would look into the Lib Tech Banana Magic. The Factory is already out of them and I can't recommend the board enough for how you describe what you ride.
Thanks B-washed. Unfortunately out here in the Midwest the only guys that can demo boards are the guys who work in the local shops and they usually got them all checked out, (that is if the shops allow demo's - some places only allow rentals which are like rossie's or beginner burton's.) The inventory for demo boards are slim to none and aren't as stocked as I've seen it out West. Sucks...I'll read up on the Banana Magic. Any suggestion on what the right size would be for me?