When I posted this subject, I really didn't have a clue what to buy. I am pretty tight when it comes to spending money on my hobies, but I also wanted the best deal I could possibly find and still get the most satisfaction.
I found a Hyperlite Movement at a boat show for $200 w/bindings. I have to hold the board in my hands, rather than just viewing online. For what I am going to do, I think it will work just fine. I wish I could demo a few, but the weather sucks in Missouri.
I also bought the Detention video, which has made clear the mistakes I have been making in the past. Part of that is probably due to the antique I was riding before. It had to be one of the first boards Obrien made (1993?). I will have to find a picture somewhere.
I'll get to see what this board can do in March. Anyway, I am going to have to impress my wife with a new arsenal of tricks before I move up to the advanced boards. As long as I am better than anyone else in the boat, I don't care.