Hi all! New to the site here and have been enjoying all the posts about the upcoming season!! Found a post on here addressing almost exactly what I was looking for (which size in the Proto HD) and thanks SAVETHISNOOB for asking your question as I am almost in the same predicament you were in. (one click away from ordering the Proto HD in a 154/157) I just cant get over this one little word….NUG! I’m 5’9 165 and having a hard time pulling the trigger on a Proto HD($550) or trying my hand at the new burton nug flying-V($350). I consider myself an intermediate rider that likes to do pretty much everything on the mtn. Although not at all good in the park, looking to really progress this season and ready to invest in a new board! Please, have any of you rode/had experience with any of the burton nug boards? Had ACL surgery in May and thought that a small board like a nug would be easier progress in the park and easier on my knee. Or on the other hand, will a longer board like the proto 157 be better because of the dampening and from what others say “cadillac” ride! Any input would be much appreciated, thanks!