||07-31-2012 10:25 AM
I don't know much about the tribute. The State and Vault are very similar boards and IMO are not the boards you want. From the stuff you say you are doing I would think you want a board meant for more advanced riders where the state and vault are intermediate boards (and both very good ones at that I might add). The Ibex was modified and rebranded as the Parks for 2012 - a little less abrupt rocker so it supposedly glides easier - plows a little less water. That does mean there are some really good deals ou there for '10 and '11 model Ibexes and they are still great boards. I haven't ridden the Parks but heard from someone who bought one and used to ride an Ibex that he really liked it. Between the two, I'd say money no object get the Parks, but if you want to save maybe $200 get an '11 or even '10 Ibex (I don't think much changed between those model years aside from graphics).
I focused my response on the Ibex/Parks because I'm familiar with them, but there are a number of good options out there from Hyperlite, CWB, Liquid Force, and others. It does sound to me from your tricks you might be happiest aiming for one of the more advanced boards from whatever brand you choose. I personally don't find too much difference between hard and soft landings on one board to another, but I also am not known for taking things super high.
If you can, it's kind of fun to demo a few different boards and see what you like. Many places allow you to apply the demo cost towards a purchase anyway.