I agree the base is tough. After running over a few rocks and hitting yet another hidden tree stump this season, I stopped caring about what's in my way. The base got a few scratches at worst when I was fully expecting to end up with thick gouges instead. It's on par or maybe even tougher than my Never Summer SL's base in durability.
The entire board's construction overall is rock solid... and might I also add, very light too.
No fancy tech, but great quality for it's price.