This 8.5" Santa Cruz VX-deck has an identical nose and tail so you can skate both ends just as hard! VX-technology means it has 5 plies of maple wood, reinforced with two layers of Quad X Technology. Confused? All you need to know is that it is thinner, stronger and offers more pop. Basically, you will have an 8.5" board as light as a standard 8" deck. Free griptape included. Please select if you want us to grip it or just send you a sheet.