tampawake how u liking that watson hybrid? Just got mine yesterday and LOVING it he he
David, in my opinion as others have said steer away from the Ibex. The one personally im not a big fan of either but it will work. For your level I reckon you would love the watson, very easy board to ride and goes as soft or hard as you need it to. The new hybrid shape is even better i think.
Other shapes to consider, the S4 is a wicked board, edges hard as anything but still breaks free and release easy. Landings pretty soft as well.
If you want to save some cash grab any of the LF Trips, thats a classic shape, awesome to learn and progress on and u can get it cheap.