Trouble Andrew, anyone?

anybody else on here into skater/snowboarder/musician Trouble Andrew? i've recently got into his music and i can't stop listening. he's currently on tour with Santigold. i got a chance to see the live show a few nights ago and he blew me away, he definately knows how to get a crowd going! if you havent heard him yet, listen to him on myspace (click here!),or check out the video below:

also if you can, try to catch him live on tour. click here for the tour dates! and follow him on twitter!

Some beginner concerns.

Hello hello hello. If anyone is still checking up here, I just got back from a late night skate rendezvous with a pal of mine and I have some concerns. My problem is my first board (the one I use now) is pretty much a cheap piece of shit and everything came standard from a local shop. The trucks are tight and squeaky, if I take my hand and spin my wheels they probably last for like a mili-second, and on top of that the board is ugly and blank. I have horrible curb fright and I stopped bombing hills because I fly off of the board over one teeny tiny rock, is that a wheel problem/terrain? Or is that just me? Anyways, since its my birthday and I have some cash I want to update...but I don't really know what to look for I want one complete board for cruising around and I'm going to buy some accesories for my blank to make it a board for doing tricks and stuff.

Any suggestions of brands you like for wheels and berings and all that shit? Does wheel size/looseness/truck flexibility matter? What things are more appropriate for cruising? Doing tricks?

ps. Sorry if there were spelling errors, I don't really know how to spell skateboard parts.
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Is this community dead? It better not be because its fuckin sweet. Who's seen Lords of Dogtown? Awesome movie, jam packed with hot guys. Afterwards I was so inspired to skate around my town and not really give a shit whether I fell and looked like a complete asshole.