Brian, I am going to disagree with you now. I have owned both of these boards, and I can honestly tell you that the three stage on the absolute is VERY easy to ride, and actually lands softer than my murray. It has everything to do with the Abs having a center spine, and my murray not.
The Abs has a lot more kick just coming into the wake really mellow, but I would agree that it really doesn't make too much of a difference to most people, its all in the cut how big you go. However, I think a 3-stage might make it a bit easier.
The only major advantage I see with the murray is that it is a TON of fun to butter around on, which my abs sucks at.
(Message edited by garret_s on December 06, 2006)