Also, getting away from never summer, what other boards would you recommend for what im looking for
Well there are a lot of boards that are not like the Skate Banana.
The question is whether you like BTX/MTX and want to stick with a Lib/Gnu board?
My experience with boards (boards I've actually ridden) outside of Never Summer is somewhat out of date and relatively freestyle oriented... Ride and K2 make good boards, as well as Salomon. Do you have a chance to demo anywhere? That's going to be your best bet.