Canting is more a comfort issue.
Forward lean is a performance issue.
Washing out carves & no heel hold. Would fall into the latter.
If you've been boardin' for 12+ years, you should know this
The second I step on a board, that's the first thing I notice.
You never hop on strange board & do a toe carve first.
You do a heel side carve, that's your power move.
Right then you should know if it's too far or not enough.
In 1 carve, that's all it should take.
If you have no heel hold, that's the problem, nothing else.
You can monkey around with the straps, the canting, even draw flowers on it.
If that's what makes you comfy
But if you want to be able to cut someone in half with a heel side carve?
Do what the fuck I'm tellin' you to do!!!