RE: Board weights
When you weigh a board, it should be stripped of all add-on features such as the straps, fin and any screws. Arguably, that might include the pads too, even though they are bonded in place. It's my thought that board weight should encompass the straps (and pads), as the board would pretty useless without them. Nevertheless, manufacturers seem to always look for ways to achieve the lightest possible weight. I guess there is some rationale for measuring a completely stripped item, since most of us tend to view our own weight to be less any clothes.