I taught on this board a bunch during the shooting of Zero to Hero and Evolution, and it was our students favorite board she tried. Why? Because it looks cool, was light weight and it is fun to ride. I took it out to ride a bunch and it rides great as a free style board.
I did find it a little soft for hard landings and found the board flexing out in the middle. The Armada was much better on the hard landings, but I was really impressed with how well the Spark Plug turned, went up wind and rode. I can strongly recommend this to any beginner intermediate rider as their first board that they will have for a long time.
by Nuzzi on November 15, 2012