Happy to be joining the community. New to board sports but was an advanced level skier doing part-time ski patrol in my earlier years back in Colorado.
I just finished some lessons and, while it was rough, I got enough over the hump that I'm eager to get a kit and progress on my own.
Struggling with the following options and hoping to draw on this community's thinking.
Option A (~$3,000): Demo Core XR6 13.5m with Demo Sensor 2S bar and Lightwave Wing Carbon 155 board
Option B (~$2,000): USED Eleveight PS 14m with Demo CS bar and Lightwave Wing Carbon 155 board
Option C (~$2,500): USED Eleveight RS 12m with Demo CS bar and USED Process board
Priorities: Looking for a setup that mainly gets me over the beginner hump in relatively low wind conditions (8-15 mph).
Currently leaning towards Option B, followed by selling the gear if I get the stage where more skills warrant more expressive gear.
I know that the XR6 and RS have the benefit of still being good through the intermediate stages (and beyond), but they're costlier and less performant in low wind. The low wind is important because I have three weeks starting now to get a lot of time in with the sport in low wind conditions. The rest of the season is higher winds, but my ability to have time during the rest of the season will depend on how many smiles the next few weeks can put on my face