Thanks for all your good advice above. I'm feeling better about spending my money. I've really only had interaction with people trying sell me gear from their shop so it good to hear from real people who have been in my position or have advice on it. I'm leaning toward the short floaty type of board like a Go or Futura 155. Remember I'm kind of heavy at 110kg so this seems small to me. I really just want to go fast, I like the comment above about the difference between planning and what going fast is. I've had a few people mention the Longboards like Kona One because you can use it any conditions. Is there any pitfalls I should stay away from when buying gear online? Thanks Again for the help.