Just got into wakeskating this year and bought an inexpensive entry level board (2005 LF Melissa 41 on sale at a local shop). I'm hooked and want a board that won't fall apart as quickly (after just a few rides the Melissa's paint is cracking and it's just a matter of time before water gets in there and warps the board).
Moving forward...I have read many articles and discussion boards about different wakeskate manufacturers and Integrity stood out the most. Yes, they are higher priced but they are made in the USA and I'm impressed with their construction.
If you know anything about Integrity's 2006 line, please let me know which board I should consider and why based on the following:
I'm a beginner wakeskater who skateboards, snowboards, surfs, and wakeboards (although I doubt I'll wakeboard as much now that I prefer wakeskating)
Weight: 125 lbs
Shoe Size: Womens 5.5 or 6
So far I think that the Integrity Team model 39.75" would be the way to go but I want to make sure before I pop down the $250-$270.
Also, could a beginner rider ride the Nick Taylor "Carpe Diem" and grow into it or would it be better to start with Integrity's entry level Team wakeskate and then buy a more advanced board when I get better? The pro level wakeskate is only $30 more so I want to make sure I get the one that would work best for me.
Thank you for your assistance. (BTW...I posted this on wakeboarder.com too if it looks familiar)