i just started snowboarding last season and i went a fiew times n rented the first fiew times. and then i bought a clash and it stepped my riding up 300% it was night and day. its such a forgiving board. ive since outgrew it not the size just my skill outgrew it and i found i needed a stiffer more aggressive board for this comming season. but it wouldent outgrow you fast unless you go alot. i became hooked and went about 30 times last season and we have short seasons here so i was going like once or twice a week. but for a beginner the clash is the shiznit lol i dont know much bout the dc but i highly suggest the clash it does what it says it makes the learning curve alot easyer.