Alright guys, I am a newcomer by far, but I have always wanted a long board. I don't know much about them just know that I want one . I am a big guy, so I need something that can handle weight, but not ride like a tank. I will be riding around the college campus and my neighborhood. The neighborhood entrance is a series of S-turns down hill but not STEEP STEEP, and it just got new asphalt I am not looking for insanely priced equipment, or lower line. I want it to be a cruiser, I don't really need the whole turn on a dime deal, but it needs to turn rather well at the same time. I want something that will roll a while, so good bearings are a must, as are wheels. I am not sure quite yet whether I want to buy a complete board, or piece one together. Another thing is, my neighbor is a VERY good carpenter. He did all the wood work in his house and I am fairly confident in his ability to actually BUILD a board. What do you guys think about this, as a first board? Is there any way to get a "template" or a blue print of a solid deck design to work off of? Maybe that is a little advanced as a first timer, but is it so insanely hard to do, that it couldn't at all be done? So after all of this, what can be said equipment wise for a big guy just lookin to cruise around boardwalk style and no carving or anything like that?