I'm bored, so I thought id answer your question. I would suggest getting a set up from last season as you can save 30-50% off. You are getting the same product in most cases, with just different graphics. This way the local shop kid can't rip you off!
Here is some equipment suggestions for you:
Softer Boards (157 - 162 would probably be a good fit for your size):
Any Forum or Burton boot, as they are very similar are decent
Celcius boots are also decent
I would also check here for good discounts on equipment:
Discount Snowboards, Discount Snowboard Bindings, Discount Snowboard Boots, Snowboard Sales, Burton Snowboard Sales
ebay always seems to be a good place to check out as well.
well thats just my opinion, take it or leave it.
and an answer to the above question...
v-rocker is a Burton Snowboards board shape technology, basically reversed camber, makes for a softer flex and easier to ride on rails and in powder. - check Burton's website for tech info. Every company has slightly different technologies. A softer, shorter board will be easier to learn to carve, and easier to flex and push around for you.