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Comments about Goldcoast The Classic Floater Bamboo Longboard:
This was my first longboard. This is a good board for cruising and pumping if you ride on completely flat surfaces. Also, it is constructed pretty well. It comes complete with the standard GoldCoast brand trucks and wheels, which may be a deal-breaker for some more serious/advanced riders, but GoldCoast is pretty responsible about delivering a good product for the price. Besides, it wouldn't make much sense to buy a board with all the expensive bells and whistles if you're just starting out like me. All in all, it's a good beginner board.
HOWEVER, if you live in a hilly place, you would probably be better off with a board with less flex. This board is SOOOOOOO flexy due to the fact that it's made out of bamboo (the environmentally responsible construction was attractive to me, but it almost bottomed out when I stood in the middle of the deck). That extreme flexibility is good for cruising, but it makes for an unsteady ride when you're doing anything else, especially downhill or carving. I ultimately decided to return the board to REI because I live on a mountain with very few flat areas, and I learned the painful way that I needed something with some more stability.
Overall, it's a good beginner board for the price, but it didn't work for me in terms of riding style. My advice is that you research for a while and, more importantly, talk to people who know longboards before buying.
Service and delivery comments:
There were some complications surrounding getting the right board, but REI worked everything out. Also, the nose of the board was a little banged up when I got it, but I figured that it wouldn't matter with the abuse that I would be subjecting it to.
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