Hey Lee, you have to try some of the modern carving boards. They have come long way... Much easier to ride with better edghold. Look for the stuff built with Titanal and some decamber in the nose.
I'm cheating in the jump pic, it's a "freeride" board for hard boots, Nidecker Proto. Pretty noodly and wider, compared to real race sticks. Yeah, but hard booters are a rare site. Growing slowly though. Tomorrow I have a student booked for 3 hours, to learn pow/moguls/trees on hard boots!
It's never too late for a happy childhood!