I am a new rider and I am not sure about a hybrid boards but I know there is a huge difference for me when riding my cambered 158 directional Arbor vs my rocker 155 Arbor. I wouldn't even try to nose rolls or butters on my cambered...not yet at least. Plus the differences in stiffness or softness really does help. But on the flip side I feel that I would never get the speed or bombing the hill sensation from the rocker like I do from the camber. Everyone is always saying it's not the gear it's the rider but really the right gear for what you want to do will really help. Until I get good enough I will always have a quiver of boards for the different styles and ride feels.