i went to a local snowboarding shop today and finally got to check out all the boards iv been lusting over for the last month lol. and its kinda weird...but when it comes to brands like, ride, burton, rome, nitro, they all seemed to be great boards!!! like all you beginners out there, go with the brands that stick out cause it seems like most of them you couldnt go wrong. However, i noticed a durastic weight difference in the arbor boards, the new shaun white board, and the vapor. but after agaonzing u guys with questions the last week. i ended up just going to boardersmall.com and getting the 07 rome agent and the 07 390s. all for an amazing price of 450! i guess i cant be to sad about that. iv heard the agents really good for park, and aint bad for all mountain riding either so i figured what they hay. plus i figured for 300 bucks for the board, if im not a huge fan of it i can just by a new one next season or something. but thanks for all your help pickin out the boards!!!