First off, I don't know much about Academy boards but I've heard they're alright. Also, I would make sure about the Flux idea, because some people like them and some don't? Have you used them? Personally I don't like them but it's all about preference... Also, I think that either size would do if you are mainly freeride. If you freestyle some, I would think about finding a smaller board in the 157-160 range...Just my $0.02.