Welcome to the site. As far as boards go, look around the equipment reviews section and do some research on different boards that you like. You into terrain, all-mountain, etc? Depending on the type of riding you do, that will help you narrow down your board choices along with the reviews section. As far as name brands, don't just buy a board because of what brand it is but also don't overlook a board because of it's brand name. Do the research and you'll find the best board for you. Good luck.