i had a 138 and it was my first board. I liked it. It was very light and forgiving on landings. My friend liked it so much he bought it from me when i got my byerly this year. Remove the center fins and the molded ones track just as well but you can do surface tricks and all that fun stuff. I think its a really good board overall for the price. But if youre more of an aggressive rider..then id get a substance.