For that price, I think that's the perfect board to learn on. I'm 5'11" 145 - 150 lbs, and I learned on an 08 155 DH. by advanced, I believe they mean it's geared toward advanced freestyle riders. However the fact that it's a freestyle board means it's pretty flexible, so it will be easy to turn/maneuver as you're learning. It's also a reasonably good all mountain board, so you'll get use out of it for a while. For that price I highly recommend it, based on my experience.