Board choice will limit, yes. You want to get a board that is not just a beginner board. You want to stay away from most of the big manufacturer boards like hyperlite, cwb, etc.
Walker Project Bullet is intermediate to advanced, Comp X is more intermediate, and a good board.
Inland surfer sweet spot is nice, or blue lake for more mellow and larger weight riders.
SMED wombat is a very good intermediate board.
There are many others.