I was looking for a new mode of transportation to get to work, something quicker then the old shoelace express as biking isn't an option (nowhere to lock up, how lame). So I decided to look into a longboard, I've never been a skater but I snowboard during the winter so I figured I could get the hang of it fairly quickly. I didn't have much of an idea on what size/shape etc to get so I asked the wonderful person from the live chat(whom I forget their name but I think begins with a "J"...Jesse!??), pointed me to this deck as an all around beginner deck, got it in the mail today and man was I ever jacked to rip down the street with this thing. Just felt like butter under the feet, I love it and highly recommend. That is all.