got some amazing insight from a focus group for their tour video. They discuss the black stuff on top of the board, or "traction tape" as they call it. They're also not really that impressed, unless you're "like leaping off a building." They must have missed the subtleties of Nate Broussard's
effortless style. Eventually we learn that, "your skateboard begins to be like your best friend." I couldn't have said it better myself.