RE: technora or wood
Wood gives a slightly nicer ride and feels just a wee bit lighter.
While wood is "strong" and will withstand flys hitting it (anywhere at almost any speed), technora will give you a reasuring feeling on your way down from a nice jump (kinda nice to still have a board to surf back home on...).
So the question is:
are you agressive and/or still learning any move or learning to cope with any radical conditions?
YES -> technora
NO -> wood