wrath - good lookin' out. i've always been intrigued by the la nina since there's not a lot of boards out there with that kind of profile, but i was always kinda questioning whether or not i could ride it with the width being less than that of a wide board. i'm thinking at that price i might try and swoop down to the ham and pick it up since it's such a steal at that price. it's only a little narrower than my eco genetics (mid-wide, not quite a true wide) and that's my favourite stick to ride these days.
I've seen Ventures and Priors, and they look like quality products, but I just don't know enough about them and haven't ridden any. I really love the way the C2 profile on Libs ride (oh yeah, plus I'm the resident Lib fanboy 'round these parts) along with the fact that the Skunk Ape HP will be light, poppy, and tons of fun to ride for its size. It's pretty much the ideal board for my favourite riding, and from everything I've heard and what I know - they make great splits! So I may as well split it!
In my case... I'm actually gonna pay to get someone else to make this one for me. Money's not the issue, I don't care that much about the cost. I've done my share of DIY and built plenty of cool non-snowboard related projects but even though I have the tools and the space I don't have the time or energy to do it... let alone the courage to potentially muck up a brand new $700+ board. I'm planning on pairing it with Karakoram hardware and Kara SL bindings. I know dudes are raving about the new Spark Tesla system, but I like the Kara's too. Might be hard to find Sparks in my size right now. As for the actually splitting - I was gonna get Sick Splits to do it, but (on the dl) I was told by the guys at Sno*Con that things aren't really working out for them but that they were probably going to start doing them in house. So I'll have to have a chat with the dudes there and pull the trigger and get the ball rolling. I just thought I should get some other opinions after the conversation I mentioned in the OP. When it's done it'll be a waterjet cut with inside edge and all the bells and whistles. Don't worry, I'll post it up when she's all done.
ridinbend - good job on your DIY though. looks good!
As for the rest of my gear... (feel free to make some recommendations here dudes)
I got some deals, especially compared to what they sell for up here. So far I've got a Mammut Barryvox Pulse, and the Mammut Ride 30 Airbag. I just got a set of the G3 skins for xmas, regular ones. Not sure if I should exchange them and get the high traction ones.
I've got a probe and shovel picked out. I was gonna get the BCA D-2 EXT shovel, hopefully it'll fit in my pack. Biggest Black Diamond probe they got since it gets deep up here... I'm looking at some of the higher end Black Diamond poles. I'm willing to shell for the higher end carbon ones. Should I spring for the Whippets with the self arrest feature in the handle or will it be too hard to protect my airbag in my pack from the pole? Anyone? Bueller? Killclimbz, I think I read somewhere that you have the same pack. What poles do you think I could fit in? I'll mostly only be doing small day tours and the like with this pack so I won't have a huge pile of gear to take in it. I can buy a bigger pack later on and transfer the airbag if I ever have the need to. Great plus to the RAS!