Need advice on board
Hi all. I sort of jumped the gun with getting a season pass to a ski resort 2 hours away in California. Some of my buddies got season passes and whole bunch of gear last year and are planning on going snowboarding frequently for this season. Somehow I got caught up and joined the bunch. So far, I've got a pair of boots, Rome Targa Bindings; both last years models for cheap.
So, now it just comes down to what should I do about the board? I have went snowboarding a few times last season, and once this season, and then once like a couple years back. I am 20, 5'4", and 115 lb. Should I keep renting boards for now, demo-ing, or buy a board? I am looking to invest in this sport, instead of spending money on rentals, I feel that money going towards rentals could be valuable money towards a board. I am looking to get a good quality all-mountain board. I like free-riding, but I want the flexibility to go free-style as well, quite a few people I know jumped the Rome band-wagon and have gotten Rome Agents for more free-style riding.
Some of the boards I had been looking into are Rome Anthem, K2 Darkstar; and I think I'm gonna try some Rockers once I get my curving down, some WWW-R, not sure if I can get my hands on the Neversummer SL-R, Burton Hero also sounds like a good one, Skate Banana... I've been browsing through these forums once in a while for the past 2 months or so.
So, what do you guys think I should do? or which board would you guys recommend? I've had diff ppl recommend diff size boards, from a rental 145 to 148 to 152; 148 reaches my chin with boots on.