note IR is my gold standard for skirts. Just starting out nothing is wrong with bungee. Remix is a large deck.
For helmets, the SR Standard is a great helmet, as is the WRSI Current. Both inexpensive, good coverage. Whichever fits better is your winner!

Most people I know who started in these are still wearing them years later, myself included! And mine gets a LOT of water time. Thankfully not as much rock time ;D