you discribe yourself as a beginner but you ride a $1,500 board???
seriously a beginner or intermediate rider shouldnt ride this board
xX Burton Rid3r Xx
just because it is 1500 bucks doesnt make it "advanced" i find a custom x to be harder to ride than a vapor but yet its 500 bucks cheaper for 2010. Method is not extremely stiff, and the skill level all depends on personal preference, not price