|: The more one can skate 'out of the box' the better imho.
What do you mean by this? Using skates off the shelf instead of DIY skates?
: I will ride ANY terrain.. that is the fun part!! But I do not have the scoop on those ST Pro 2's.
I admire this spirit and by all means recommend doing likewise. However, in skateboarding specialisation is a fact. 99 % of skateboarders nowadays only ride street and never would even consider a vert ramp.
: A good skater can skate ANYthing on just about ANY skate.
That's right. Although I wouldn't call myself a good skater, I know some really good skaters. Watching someone who has style is a small compensation for not being able to do it by your own.