RE: Can you freestyle with a Carve?
I agree with gem.
I think that the carve is a great board to do all sorts of carve gybes and also the old school freestyle tricks (like sail tricks and cowboys and carving 360 and body drags...) and it is also a great board because it is easy to control. Its also good for learning how to jump in choppy water. If you get into the new school freestyle, i think that you will be able to learn the volcan with it, but it would definately be good to get a more dedicated freestyle board for it, because on the carve you can't have only one footstrap in the back.
All in all, I think that the carve IS the ideal board for your stage.