This is my first year really progressing with my riding... w2w, switch riding, surface tricks, 180s, etc. I have a Hyperlite Syn 132. I'm 5'6" 120lbs and I LOVE LOVE LOVE my board! It has great edging and also has really good pop off the wake. The Syn is a considered an "intermediate to advanced" board and is a continuous rocker.
You can always find previous year models for much cheaper.