Stop renting. Start shredding.
This is my first year, took three lessons, rode a total of 10 days. My first 7 days were with misc rentals and borrowed boards. This was a major improvement over all the other gear! Enough flex to feel what is going on, yet stout enough to carve and hang with my buddies, the extruded base wasn't an issue it was fast enough to keep up with the faster riders. The board really helped my learning.
I wish that I bought this board earlier in the season, maybe I could have progessed further.
Dogfunk had great shipping and everything arrived in good condition.