You would agree though there are many who ride this board who are not advanced that just prefer the feel of a stiffer board? It's not the case that riding this board as an intermediate is going to destroy your skills. If the OP likes the feel of a stiffer board and wants something that he could progress with then this might work very well indeed. Down the road, it could also be a very good steeps/powder option in a 2 board quiver...
I would respectfully disagree. This board needs a more advanced rider to handle appropriately. You may be able to progress on it, but progression will be slowed and inhibited especially with only 30 days under your belt. I would argue that with only that many days, what you think you prefer and what you actually need are two different things.
The T. Rice is made for a few very specific purposes... it is twin tipped and stiff, made to land big jumps/booters both regular or switch. It is a good steeps/powder option, but only if you are into freestyle. If not, then you want a more directional board!
Completely agree with these two. And to add, another (and actually possibly the biggest) problem with the T. Rice is the width - with size 8 feet the OP is really going to struggle to work the edges of this mid-wide board. T. Rice is a great deck, but definitely seems a sub-optimal choice for the OP
I sort of agree here. The T.Rice has a huge jump in width in its larger sizes. So the OP may not have issues with the width, but I would argue he would be more comfortable with something at exactly 25.0 cm or high 24s wide. For reference, I ride a 157 Proto with 25.3 waist and size 11 boots... no toe drag at all.
Thanks for all the feedback everyone, im taking the advice on board (excuse the pun)...im not riding till august so ill keep doing my research and decide to either re-sell it in AUS ( i could prob make money) or keep it.
If i feel it isnt the board for me at my level i can keep it and buy another one for japan in jan
maybe as suggested i would be better with a NS proto (which i was considering before i read their website which states its a park board) or maybe the skate banana? Just as a side note the t-rice 153 (25.3cm) has the same width as both the attack banana and the proto ct which is 25.1...so i dont understand how it is a wide board?
In any case i need some bindings anyway...do you guys think the FLUX TT30 bindings would be good bindings for the t.rice or something softer if i went with that?
You say you have no interest in park or freestyle, but you seem to be leaning towards twin tip boards that are designed to be ridden switch in freestyle type situations. If you TRUELY don't ever want to spin or do anything other than straight airs, then you want a directional board, NOT a twin.
If you were looking at NS boards, just for reference, even the NS Heritage is a bit softer than the T. Rice, and even the Heritage is a stiffer board! If you are looking at the NS line, I would suggest the SL. It's nice and damp, so little to no chatter at higher speeds, and it is a directional twin, designed for a forward direction of travel but it can totally be used to ride switch if you ever get in to it. It also has a setback stance so you can move your bindings back on a powder day, something that doesn't work as well on a twin board, like the T. Rice. I still recommend the Lib TRS and the GNU riders choice... the GNU being a bit higher end than the TRS.
As for Flux bindings... I wish I had something to tell you there but I have no experience with them. The model you picked seems to have a good flex pattern but may be a bit heavy? The only other options were their 5/5 stiffness bindings and that might be overkill but I don't know how their bindings compare to Burton bindings, which I am a fan of and know much more about.