Yup. Stickers really have a huge effect on your stats. I threw a 32 sticker on my board last week. Now I can get an extra 180 of rotation on my spins and can hold a tail press through a down-flat-down. Didn't believe the sticker hype at first, but now I know better. How do you think Torstein does it? It's all those "awsm" stickers he's got.
Also, giving your board a name is a good idea.
i gave my boards names, but only to piss off my girlfriend lol
gf: babe where you goin
me: to give stacy and lacy a good rub down with some hot wax