I'm probably a solid 24 months behind the "trend wave" on this one, but a handful of my pals are about ready to dive into getting SUP's. Anyway, I had a few questions for the board: 1) instead of dropping $1500+++ on a first SUP, does that Surftech Mickey 12' SoftTop work as a decent first SUP? (I weigh around 180 lbs) I think they still sell them for $500 at Becker, which would keep the whole enterprise below $1000. I think Becker may have some poly SUP's at around $1000 too. Anyway, what are some decent first timer boards that keep costs down and can grow with you a bit? 2) Does anyone use wax on these or is it all about the traction pads? 3) Any suggestions on a paddle?