Well personally I see theTufskin technology in freeride as a very good idea too.
There is now more possibilities to choose in case you cant afford a more expesive board.
Tufskin is a great technology, strong, durable, cheap and well, some heavier but thats the deal.
Since the Formula Experience boards (same FW boards in tufskin technology) appeared, the people racing in my country multiplied at least 10 times.
I hope to see more people getting into freeride now that there is a choice of this boards.