Not trying to hijack, but I have a similar question. Been riding a '05 155cm Capita that seems really stiff (not exactly sure what it is...this is my entry level board). I'd also like to get something flexier for ground tricks and jibbing. Reviews here seem to be pretty positive on Bataleon Airobic as a board you can have fun on, but also is decent for all-mountain. It sounds like you're supposed to go smaller for a jib board, but Bataleon's weight recommendations for Airobic are 147cm: 95-145lbs, 151cm: 110-160lbs, 155cm: 120-170lbs. I'm currently 5'10" and 180lbs. I'm hoping by next season I'll be around 160 again.
So the question is: how much do you need to adhere to the manufacturer's weight rec's? If I ride the 151 at 175lbs, will I break it? Or do you just not get any pop when you're too heavy for the board? Is it better to go shorter for jibbing (i.e. the 151) or stay the same size (155cm) due to rider weight?
Thanks for any/all help here.