the fish is one of those boards that you will love or hate, so demo it. my buddy has a substance, he likes it, i like it, and apparently everyone else does too. i DO NOT recommend a byerly, parks, or subjekt. you won't have fun.
all of lf's 05 stuff is INCREDIBLE!! i recommend the sphynx, transits, or teams. they are all superb, way ahead of hl for 05. they are all different stiffnesses sphynxs being lowest and teams highest.