Dude, just gets Hyperlite States. Can't go wrong with a state.
apply poor fundamentals, yes, you can go wrong w/ a state.
make a list of people's suggestions, then demo them. it's the only way you'll know what's right for you. like squid said though, try to find a board w/ continuous rocker. they're a lot "friendlier" to newbies.
where are you in cali? i can suggest a shop (or two) for you to hit up for demos.
also, you might want to get an instructional vid/dvd. it will help you out a lot! if you can, sign up for a class or two. no matter where you are in cali, i can point you to the person/school to make sure to check out.
if you have ANY questions what-so-ever, don't be afraid to ask in here. most of the people here are very helpful.
welcome to the addictive world of wakeboarding!