My exprience is not limited... I've used formula boards for the last 7-8 years,
formula/ or formula exprience boards are great choice for a beginner that sails
in light wind areas, sail size >=9m2 , don't need to go for 12m2 unless you're 250lb,
FE is more durable but heavier/less responsive, will take extra 1-2 knots to plane, with regular formula you can glue a nose pad to protect it from demage.