Hey Surfdad, I just got my new flyboy from you guys like a week or two ago, and I've been having the hardest time adjusting to the new board. I constantly pearl the board...waaaaay more than normal. It's especially bad when I try to get speed for aerials. I gain speed for airs like James does (or at least I try to gain speed like James does) where I go to the top of the wave and then ride down to gain speed and then shoot up for the air. When I come down the wave, I am always front foot heavy to an extent to try and gain as much speed as possible. On my old Walker Project JWSM, there was never a problem, but on the flyboy, I can barely put any weight on the front. In fact, I have to be so back foot heavy when I come down the wave to get air that I don't have any speed which is a pain in the butt. I also have problems with bottom turning because I go to the top of the wave then ride down to gain speed for a big ol bottom turn, but when I put my front foot down to gain speed and go out into the flats, I pearl. Anyways, I WAS having that problem for like two weeks until today. I was riding the flyboy and having serious problem with the pearling like normal, and I was just getting sick of the board because it had TONS of speed, but I just wasn't able to use it due to the pearling. So I was just about down with the my session, and I come in the boat and kind of talk about my pearling problem with my dad. As I was talking my dad recalled that someone told him that when your foot is in front of the rocker apex it tends to pearl a lot more. So I have a pretty wide stance on that board, and we found out that my front foot is about 2-3 inches in front of the apex of the rocker (I'm pretty sure it's called the rocker apex, but basically I'm referring to where the rocker starts.) Now, I went out again for a little test run, and I moved my foot about 2-3 inches in which really narrowed my stance, but my front foot at least was like on or maybe a little bit behind the rocker apex. This completely fixed my pearling problem. I was able to shoot down the wave, and enjoy the psycho fast board you designed. In fact, I started to absolutely love it.
Anyways, with all of that to say, I was only able to ride your board with a real narrow stance, and that hinders my riding a bit in the since where I'm real "scrunched." And I also find it hard to bring my back leg up with such a narrow stance. Now I know the board is plenty big for me, but I was wondering because you are making a 4'7" or 4'8", would the rocker apex be a few inches forward, and would that allow me to have a normal stance like I had, yet be on or behind the rocker apex to not cause an insane amount of pearling? I hope that all that I wrote makes sense, and if you have any additional questions that may help you to answer my question, I'd love to answer them. Thank-you very much Surfdad.
Oh, and we have pictures of my foot placement and stuff if you need them.