This board has been suggested to me by a...
This board has been suggested to me by a couple of shop employees and a friend, however I'm a lady and it's a men's board. My parents were with me during one of these excursions and ended up buying it for me for my birthday. How imperative is it that I ride a women's board over a men's?
Cara, typically women's boards are softer and narrower than men's to fit their target audience better. That said boards vary a lot in width and stiffness anyway. As long as the board isn't too wide for your foot size and you're OK with the flex there's nothing wrong with you riding it. It all comes down to personal preference. I weigh about 165lbs with a shoe size of 9.5 mens and love the 157cm board. Hope this helps.