I have a loaded Tan Tien and a gravity Makai, not really wanting/need to drop money on a whole new setup but perhaps picking up a set of trucks? What do you guys think? The Tan Tien is shorter then the Makai. Both boards are drop through decks.
I wouldn't put C7s on a drop through. To get the most out of the carver trucks you really need to get your back foot out on the kicktail, well behind the rear truck. I don't think you would be able to pump nearly as well on a drop through. Just my opinion though, never tried it.
Just demoed a Green Room model at Coastal Edge. It was flipping awesome. I want to try a longer board to feel the difference (Green Room was longest one they had in stock) and then whichever one I like is going on my birthday list...less than a month a way. Awesome!
I have a 38" FaceTime and a 31" Resin. These boards are perfect for surf training when you cant surf. They really work the legs and the body mechanics are the same as surfing. The 38" is better for strength training and pumping as It requires a bit more muscle to pump. The 31" is better for turns and muscle memory.
The best skateboards I have found for carving are the retro penny or globe boards. They are extremely maneuverabile and fast. Very similar to surfing, perfect for cross training. I have purchased many long boards trying to emulate surfing and by far these small plastic boards are the best.