This is my first board and I spent ages looking to find the right one for me. I decided on this board as it's totally surf oriented (what I do most) but glides well and is light but tough. I can catch any wave on it but struggle on steeper drops sometime but that could be experience! I've even been riding the nose on it and i'm a beginner SUPer. I'm 11 stone and 5'6" tall so fairly average and this board is perfect for me at my level.
Light weight, looks good (everyone cares about this a bit!) and easy to surf without holding your learning back.
Expensive (compared to some boards), deck pad (crappy white colour)
Surf and occasional flat water.