X2!!! Spend money on a good paddle right now, and get a used board.There's a lot of personal preference when it comes to inflatables vs hard boards. Almost all inflatables, feel like inflatables… even the newest boards that are 6" thick and pushing the PSI boundaries. They have a sponginess to them that I hate.
The only exception I've found to this is the shorter inflatables like the Hala Peno and Badfish IRS, they feel less like a wet noodle because they're simply short.
My recommendation is to demo/borrow as many different boards as you can. You won't know if you like it unless you try it. Also consider buying a cheap used board with the intent on upgrading if you enjoy the sport.