I went with red oak because of the look (I wanted to see a prominent wood grain, and the color of the wood), the lack of flex as flex boards make me very uncomfortable, and durability. As for the pattern on the back I intend to, at one point, paint the inside of the Fleur De Lis gold as I am a saints fan(hence the inspiration of my design).
Wheels are 75mm 80a Orangatang Durians with Redz bearings
Trucks are Randal's 180MM, 50 Deg.
Board is 39.5" long.