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Wiredsport X-Mas Stoker Board,.. First Ride!!

(Alternate title) "That Board will Ride You - Re-visited!"

Remember now, I'm a NooB & don't really know shit, so this isn't going to be a typical "Core" rider's review of this board! It's just my first impressions on only the second board I've ever owned & ridden! (..I don't count the 1st two outings on rentals!)

Here is an excerpt from a thank you e-mail I sent to Wiredsport this morning;

I wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know I received the X-mas Stoker board. I wanted to be sure to thank you again for this terrific gift!
I was a little bummed because I was going to be out of town for a 4 day snowboard trip up north here in MI, when it was scheduled to arrive and I would have to wait to try it out!
I returned home Sunday night and Yesterday, I outfitted it with the spare Cartel's I had & took it out to the local!!

WOW!!!!! What a SWEET, FUN, PLAYFUL little board that Garage rocker is!!!!!!! I can't help but use more of my signature, goofy, (…creepy for a guy my age??) ;-) juvenile smilies to describe riding it!!!

I am S-o-o-o glad I spent my first season learning how to become fairly confidant & "beginner proficient" riding on such an advanced board like my Arbor Roundhouse, because those skills I learned translated in your board being such a pleasure to ride!!!!

My first run down, I slashed to a halt at the lift line & was grinning ear to ear!!!! It's so light I barely feel it on my feet, it spins, it presses & butters, it carves, (…semi soft groomers anyway!) It Nollies & Ollie's with ease,.. (…no "Air" yet.) and after struggling to learn how to ride switch on my set back directional twin ride? I look like an absolute pro getting switch on this board!!!! ;-)

Thank you!!!! I really have fallen in love with snowboarding since my first lesson and even tho I understood why many of you hardcore guy's would want a quiver of boards for various types & styles of riding,.. If it hadn't been for winning this board, I probably would have been satisfied to put off, for several more seasons anyway, purchasing another board for myself to try and experience what it's possible to accomplish with different rides!!!!!

Thank You again,.. It's a Super fun board to ride, and the "Flat Rocker" profile of this board is a perfect fit for me & my NooB riding progression right now!!!
Wiredsport ROCKS!!!!
[...end of message]

I had a BLAST last night on that board!!!!!! I think I'm gonna try and get out there again today! I took both boards & checked my Arbor first to give the Rome a whirl!! after an hour or two, I had to go get the Arbor & ride it just to remind myself not to b too cocky!!! But you know,.. I honestly believe that playing on that Rome board, will help improve my riding the Arbor as well!!!

Some of the buttering tricks I was trying were much harder for me to pull off on the longer, stiffer, cambered Arbor, but after an hour or two of trying to get them dialed on the Garage Rocker, I honestly think they felt "easier" back on the Arbor afterwards!!! (...not easy, just felt like I had a better Idea of proper form & technique without so much muscling it!!!)

I will post better pic's of the set up when I have them, but for now, here's the deck against the snow!! (Hell, I even love the color!!!)

Oh yes, This board has an Extruded base rather than sintered. Anything "special" or in particular I need to know to keep the base maintained? Diff. kind of wax or anything like that? Thanks for reading!!!
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