TRG - I see your from socal too...I just demo'd the skate banana at Bear last weekend. Leroys had it to demo for $32.
I might not be the best to give a review since its been about a year since I was last out (and it was a borrowed 159), but I took the 152 skate banana for a spin. I loved it. Took a bit to get used to how short it was but it held a nice edge, never washed out, or caught an unexpected edge on me. I was really moving at times and I was stable, but i think id prefer a 156 over the 152 (i only weigh 145-150lbs) since I'm not a park guy so I dont really need the shortest board.