I initially had the yellow grip tape because I figured it would compliment the yellow monkeys in the graphic. It looked decent, but the bright color destroyed depth perception, making catching flips difficult. It also had a horrible grain to it, and completely ruined the feel of the deck. After switching, though, it feels great. The whole session really only consisted of a few blunt slides here and there, and just messing around with flip tricks to get used to the new board.