I'm really happy this turned out to be such an interesting discussion! This is what a forum is all about!!
I just wanted to add that when I wrote that the Money Shot was to stiff for me in chop, I meant quite rough chop, maybe 0,4 to 0,5 meters. I made me tired in knees and legs quickl, and I also felt I really had to put my weight back to avoid nose dives "lifting" the front of the board to better absorb chop.
I just got a great offer to buy a "new" 2011 Naish Momentum 138x43 Park Edition, which seems to be a really good board for my demands as well, with soft flex and high rocker. 138x43 might be a bit too big to ride with straps though.
But I guess I should also really try to have a go on the 50fifty!!
I am less worried about the size of the board these days. I'd rather have a slightly bigger board...assuming it can hold some power, than getting a board that is too small, where everything needs to be landed with speed and power or you'll sink.
The momentum is great board. Personally I think the Moneyshot has more from the momentum than the thorn...maybe somewhere in between or taking from both. I never rode the 138 momentum tho.
When you guys are referring to equal weight on the TT's I am not with you at all. I ride 80+% on my backfoot. It might be from my 122cm days, but I like to crank the back foot.
In general I am not worried about the rocker line as long as it is not too deep...well i thin with these wide boards it isn;t as much of an issue. My issue with the rocker I think mostly comes from an old board I had from a different brand (I can actually not remember the name) that had so much rocker it affected the how much power I needed to ride it. It rode really really small. On a the wide / bigger board that is less of an issue.
Wild Duke. I had the arcade out today, I'll see if i can post a pic of the rockerline of it. Has quite a bit of rocker. I do suck at riding boots though, but it is definitely liberating to not have to worry about getting a foot out of a strap. Thx for posting the vid..makes sense what he is saying. I am trying to get some guys to make a slider here...but I am not sure if I'll be able to. ...also I just friggen hate the rap music of the wakestyle vids.