Thanks Nivek. Didn't realize that. My Rice has held up strong this year. I demoed last years model, and I know what you mean about getting mushy. But this years model after about 40 days seems pretty stiff and springy still. Not sure what the difference is.
As far as the Coda, I agree. Awesome board. Was trying to talk the beginner on the other thread out of the Proto and into the Coda, but he even admitted he had his eye on the Proto before the suggestions, so there is no breaking him at that point. I like true twins as well, but as a beginner, do yourself a favor and get a directional twin like a Coda. You aren't going to ride switch anywhere near the amount you think you will the first year. Everyone thinks that they will in theory, but when you start naturally progressing regular first, you push that about as far as you can get before really diving into switch.