I think everyone should own a stiff camber board at some point. It really points out flaws and gives you solid info on what's happening beneath your feet!
Haha, time to catch some edges
Or a Ride Bezerker for a 100 less too. The Bezerker is all mountain hybrid,rocker outside and camber in the middle... would that be a good upgrade from the GNU?
The hybrid camber would be a good option. The rocker nose would help to get a better float in pow (the Custom X does pow but not very good in deep). Other thing: there's this point in camber boards when you push them too hard in a carve with too much pressure on the nose and the snow is a bit too soft, the nose can dig into the snow and you're gonna make a nice catapult fall. Never reached this point with my hybrid camber Flagship cause the rocker in the nose doesn't dig, it floats.
my concern is i have never ridden a really stiff board before, nor a camber do i think. I have ridden that GNU and a couple of crap rental boards before that. I wish i could try it out before i buy it.... Any ideas?
I rode the Ride Highlife, the stiffer Ride board and I would have brought it if I didn't own the Flagship already. Fun with such stiff boards is that you can push them as hard as you can and they won't moan. But some of those stiff boards are a harsh ride on the other side e.g. in moguls or in chopped up groomers, especially if the are not very well dampened. So if you want a stiff board, look into one with nice dampening, that will make life easier to get used to them. I also have the Ride Farah, read that it's kind of the woman's equivalent of the Berzerker. It's my soft forgiving second option board for days when I want to take it a bit more easy. You CAN push this board IF you want but you dont need to. If tired, take some lazy laps, if recovered, push it again. Its not overly stiff and it's well dampened. Maybe it would be a good first step to go from your rocker to a hybrid camber and not directly to a full camber.