Thanks for the input everybody, I really appreciate the advice. After pondering everyone's points, I think I am definitely going to go with the longboard. I am mostly interested in cruising and carving with it, so the longboard seems like the best fit. Now I just need to figure out the setup I want to go with.
I really like the Gravity Brad Edwards deck, especially for how versatile it seems,but I am also thinking about the Never Summer Norad or the Sector 9 Mama Say. Any thoughts on these?