Got a ridiculously sick deal on this from WM; I have never owned a skateboard, though I think that being an avid snowboarder/roller derby player gives me a leg up on both carving and things with wheels. Straight outta the box, I loosened the wheels a bit and it was good to go. Took it to Joshua Tree and practiced on all the roads there (figured that would be good since there are few cars and few big hills) - as pretty much a skateboard novice, I found it to be fun as hell! The trucks are nice and loose so it's really easy to turn and it's pretty stable as far as my limited experience can tell. I like that it's kind of a mini-longboard; makes it smooth for cruising but also agile. Love it!!