What is your favorite deck size and wheelbase for overall performance, stability, turning radius, etc.? I just completed my first build using my old 46” Gravity kicktail longboard with a 30" wheelbase on Caliber trucks, and really like the stability and speed, but obviously, the turning radius and maneuverability leave a lot to be desired. I really liked how wide I could make my stance and how comfortable it was to cruise, but it turned too much like a boat.
For science, I swapped all the components over to an old (~1986) Santa Cruz 30” kicktail with a 21" wheelbase, which was quite a bit more nimble, but a lot more sketchy at higher speed (of course), and posed much more of a threat of dumping me on me arse, if I grabbed too much throttle too fast. To me, it felt like I couldn’t get my stance wide enough to feel comfortable accelerating hard or going too fast, but the low speed carving was awesome.
So, what is your favorite deck size and wheelbase that gives the best mix of maneuverability, stability, and overall comfort/ease of riding while still being fun to carve? Obviously, if there are different applications/riding situations that you prefer different specs for, I’d be interested in that too, e.g., shorter board specs for low speed carving, squeezing through traffic vs. long range fast commuter/speed board. Also, if there is anything special that you do to do make different sized decks perform better/differently, e.g., wedge trucks for better turning, bushing combinations, etc., please mention that as well. Thanks!