I'm concerned that my terminology is a bit off. All I'm looking to do is ride down, in control, being able to turn and go where I want to go. I *am* expecting to be able to pick this up and learn at an average pace, but I'm not expecting to be great at it right away.
That said, I'm pretty sure I'll be willing to fall down enough times to eventually get the hang of boarding. I think perhaps what I should have said was 'cruising'. I don't plan to ride down black diamond runs or anything, I just want to cruise down the hill with my friends and have a little fun.
I know that people will generally suggest that I buy something more modern, but I'm most interested in knowing *why* this particular board is too old to be a decent choice to learn/cruise on.
I was told that this board does NOT have a wood core--it's a Rossignol that's about 12 years old. That's all I know about it.
Thanks for the previous (and any subsequent) feedback.