ashton, I'd try to get all of the literature I could on the skates you're interested in and then go from there. Hopefully, you will be able to get some unbiased viewpoints.
Each deck has their pros and cons--no, wood doesn't last forever, and sorry, no deck is indestructable. However, the integrity will last longer, and eventually, cassette will have it set up so you can buy a new top deck if it breaks (you know, so you don't have to buy a whole new wakeskate). You know, basically, the bi-levels should be available in pieces.
Another thing to take into consideration is new developments in wakeskate design. Everyone is different with what they want to ride, but I guess I'd keep that in mind just because new decks will be available every year. However, if you don't see yourself as needing anything like that, then judge accordingly.
And just to comment on how the bi-level rides, my friend has one and has been riding it for a bit, and he said he really liked the feel of his wake to wake jumps (he said he can't remember a skate feeling better), and he also said that kickflips and shoves felt really cool too. I my opinion, if you're coming from a skate background, I think you'd like the shape of the top deck. This is my personal opinion here, but it seems like it would feel shorter, since the kicktails extend farther into the deck (since the bottom deck is what you're using for actual surface area), so your feet arent' actually on the very end on the deck. That excites me, but whatever.
And again, on the flip side, a number of people like the feeling of an integrity. I don't know how to describe it exactly (I think pop and weight are two things), but there is definitely a following for those boards.
From my personal experience, I don't think an integrity feels like wood. And given the characteristics that make it so special (the material has different properties and doesn't "thud" out like wood, but actually vibrates), I'm not sure how it would. I personally like the feeling of a wood skate, and I just ride more consistently on wood. But again, that's JUST ME. You will find people that dig on both types of wakeskate. The tricky part is figuring out what will work for you without actually riding it.
One last point, is that both decks will offer you versatility, but in different ways. As vance said, you can sand an integrity rail if you wish. And as I mentioned before, you'll be able to buy new pieces for your bi-level, which will give you a different feeling when you ride.
Honestly, I think you'll be getting something good either way. YOU need to figure out what your needs are and then find the board that's best for you. With that said...good luck!
(Message edited by electricsnow on May 13, 2005)