RE: Which board should i choose carve 144 vs go 170
I do not have any experiene with C144 as a beginner board, just the GO170. I weight about the same.
I just want to add that I think you will process faster with the GO 170 than the C144. When you want more fun later(hard wind sailing), you can go straight down to 100 litre boards. The C144 is too big for hard wind sailing, but I agree it have a bigger area of use, than the GO170. The downside is that it takes some longer time to learn stuff on the C144 from what I have seen.
If you live in a area with much winds and very choppy sea, the C144 would perhaps be a better choice for beginners.
Sorry if I am confusing anyone here, but just a different perspective.