"Make sure you're going wake to wake and very comfortable before switching to a Murray. his boards have always leaned towards to advanced side of things"
I would actually have to disagree with that. His earlier models, like the Belmont / Motive shapes were some of the most forgiving shapes available. Fast, small rocker lines, and and simple, shallow molded fins. My wife learned to go w2w on his board.
I would agree with that statement as it applies to his recent boards.