Man, lightning bolts are nice. I really liked it on the 2011 Burton demos. They are these rods that span horizontally across the board under your feet. The edge to edge feel is affected in a positive way. I thought it was gimmicky at first, but it works. Not game changing or anything, but a definite nice touch. Frostbite is sick too. It holds an edge in ice well. Not as good as Magnatraction, but good enough.
About the original topic:
A high tech board won't automatically add a trick to your bag, but it might help make your current tricks easier to perform and easier for new tricks to be reached.
Shaun White's board is tailor made for him. It's basically a custom Custom. I have his 2007 board and I love it. Great board. Most poppy board I have rode.
Whatever you guys do, if you decide to buy a 2011 Operator, stay away from the standard model. Boooooorrriiiinnnggg.......