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Actually, go buy a pair of boots first. Only after you get your boots should you figure out what board to get (that's just a good general rule; boots are more important to your overall riding than the board is: bad boots = shitty ride). If you're really concerned about waist width, try to find a good set of boots that has a reduced profile; several brands make them. Conversely, there are several brands which make your boots look even larger than they are, so shop smart in this regard. A boot with a nice reduced profile will act almost as if you've sized down a whole boot size.
By no means does this mean you have to buy the most expensive set of boots out there. Buy something that fits really well and is comfortable. Try on all the different brands you can as they all size and fit differently, even between boots of the same manufacturer. I normally wear size 10 shoes, but wear size 9 Burton Rulers because they fit great. When I was shopping, I could actually squeeze into size 8.5 Solomons (can't remember what model). Just because you're size 13 on land, doesn't make you size 13 on snow.
Since you haven't honed in on being strictly a park rat or a powder hound, the board type is a little less important. You can really ride anything on anything, some are just better at doing X than others. A good all-around board should serve you well as you grow into the sport. From NS, the Legacy is maybe a bit better all around, but you can't really go wrong with either.
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2010 Burton Ruler
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