I really appreciate all the responses and input y'all put there for me and for the other newbies out there who have these similar angsts about having a board that is a bit more than they can handle at the moment. What gets me stoked is that fact that all ya'll say that one would still be able to learn and progress on such a board; moreover, it would train me to use proper technique rather than learn bad habits on a crappier board. I've gotten a better idea of how to improve my approach to snowboarding, I had little knowledge prior to this so Kudos you fine folks here
. The next time around I will definintely incorporate the things I learned and just ride it "balls out".