Wow, check out Niels’ first set up on the left, it’s an Illusion board (about the same quality as Variflex I think). Kind of in between a toy board and a ‘real’ deck. Funny thing is that my first paid-with-my-own-money board was an Illusion as well. Not the best set up but we learned the basics on these things. (think there is a Tony Hawk autograph on it somewhere from a ‘89 Schellingwouderbrug Powell Peralta demo). Look where we are now… some 20 odd years later and we are making our own boards. Sickkkkk!