Got a Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix after 5 days on the mountain. I was a bit heavier back then so it was a 160. Never would I have imagined how fast that thing would take me vs my cousin's 5150. Whooped my ass till I figured out how to make it dance.
Best way to learn? Probably not, but for me, I like to know that I'm in over my head. Barring personal injury, it's only made me want to try harder and get better. And when I did, that board was wonderful.