Someone told me the Feelgood is not good for beginners b/c it's hard to control. I'd only been boarding 5 or 6 times when I bought the board, and I think it handles amazingly well.
It turns really easily, and just flies down the mountain - now I can keep up with my "pro" friends. My skill level and confidence has exploded with this board.
The Feelgood would be too fast for someone who is just starting out, but if you already know your turns, this is the board for you.
(I'm 5'4", 139lbs and have a 155- I wouldn't go any shorter - it's just right for me)