personally, i'd stay away from getting the channel/est set-up - u'll b jake's slave forever. u should get urself into a local shop and ask about other companies. it's not that burton makes crap, it's just that u'll save some money with lesser known brands like nitro who make equally good boards. y limit your options with channel/est? even burton's non-channel boards would be a better option. there are plenty of local shops around toronto - sanction, hogtown, boardzone, sign of the skier, etc.