You don't need a specialized board to carve... just skills. Spend more time practicing and less time accumulating gear you won't end up using.
I got exactly opposite opinion.
I've tried carving on my 174 never summer board and i cannot make a nice carve, no doubt. But i cannot get down much, board cannot hold the edge. Once i get down to some angle i lose all the grip.
But one i got special board i can easily got waaay down and get a better carves. More energy and more fun. It ain't that versalite, but it's a huge inprvement.