K2 Fling '08 for my sister -- too good to pass up?
My sister is new to boarding; 4 days under her belt, she can link turns and seems to be a natural at riding switch, but still falls a fair amount. She's looking for a board for next year and REI has a fantastic deal on the 08-09 Fling. A couple of questions:
1. Is it too advanced for her? She's 5'4", average weight, probably looking at a 146. She wouldn't want to invest in a cheap beginner board, but her first purchase should be fun for her right out of the box, so to speak.
2. How park-specific is it? Everything I read says it is a versatile board, can anyone attest to that? She's really not ready to hit the park, so that's probably in the distant future at this point.
3. How poppy/stiff is it? I'd like her to get something not too stiff, not too flexible, with plenty of "pop", which I also hear this board has. Some sites rate it on the stiff side -- too stiff to learn and progress on?
She's not locked into this board obviously, so if you know of anything similar to what she's looking for that you can recommend, great! She rode a Nitro Mystique last weekend, and is also interested in the Rome Vinyl. She's been unable to see the Rome or K2 in person, so any detail you can provide is appreciated.
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