I've been reading all these threads, like the NS thread, and the "post pics of your kit" thread, and on 90-95% of the them, the only difference is the graphics. I don't ride a low-end stick, got a '09 NS Titan...pretty minimalist graphics, but the board itself kicks ass -- at least while riding. It doesn't seem to hold up well to lift-line dings and the usual transport stuff. It's scratched and dinged to shit after a season and a half. It's a great ride, but the shape and construction don't seem to be anything different than a lot of the stuff I see posted, other than low-end Sports Authority starter kits and stuff -- a basic flat deck with some fiberglass on top. I posted a pic of my old board in the other NS thread...it was actually different.
Different materials, different construction, different design. The best board I've ever ridden, but no one makes anything like it anymore.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but beside the graphics, what is making people pop boners over their boards? My Titan is stiff and damp and wicked fast, but it hasn't held up well. I ride hard, a couple of times a week, but I'm no Olympian. Yet, it seems Dynastar was on to something before Quicksilver took them out. Kevlar base, carbon stingers, dampening pads under the bindings...this board rides like a dream, scary fast, yet no one else is offering anything like it now. So, again, besides the cool graphics, what is it that makes your ride so sweet? If it was that awesome, wouldn't a blank deck do the trick?