Hi Marshall, welcome on board
KiteSurfing is like a Drug, so watchout .
I am also from Montreal .
For your Board question , Try to test board before buy .
Dont go with old and long board , stay between 135-145cm . What you can due buy a Light wind board , like a TwinTip 135*45.7 , this will be good for all around board for the first year and after that you will keep this one for light wind day . We have a lot of them here.
After that you can buy a 135*40 Board.
For use deal , you can check this Ads Web site: http://www.kitedeal.com
is FREE to surf and FREE to put Ads .
Have fun , but be Safe
keep our Local spot open , ask at the local what is the best spot to ride before go on the water. .