thanks everyone for the help. after reading what you guys were saying, i would have preferred the 141 or so, but with my situation (I was sold a 149 and bought it because i had no idea that would be too big until i brought it home) the store finally got more inventory and is giving me an even exchange for the only feelgood they got which was a 144. I think it will be a nice sturdy board. I can't wait to ride now!! Seriously, thanks for all the help though. It was nice getting some feedback!