Yeah, that sounds like a good plan. And you go a lot, so you're well on your way to being super-awesome
I'm also a newbie and I ended up with a K2 Lunatique. Got it on a good deal and it seems like a good enough board that will take me up to high intermediate/advanced. I wanted a board that would last me at least 2-3 seasons.
And I also wish I could go as much as you do. Talk about lucky!
I'm sure other people around will come in with good suggestions soon.
Edit: oh, something that is said a lot around here: don't overthink the board and if you're going to spend a lot, do it on boots. They can make or break your day, and as such people consider them to be even more important than the board.
Last edited by Varza; 01-28-2013 at 04:28 PM.