doc thanks for reply, yeah I must say I wondered about the tail rocker.
I guess its acting a little like the tail rocker i put in my noseriders by pulling the tail down,in, and lifting the nose. I had hoped though that as 'proper' shortboards have tons of tail rocker it would be OK but i guess with the relatively low nose rocker it is all actong more like the noserider!!!
Ah! I kinda thought you might have thrown in a more or less standard shortboard/thruster tail rocker. And you've got the idea of what it's doing perfectly, picking the nose up like a noserider should.
But with that wider tail and shorter length, it's really pulling the nose way up. On a regular thruster, it's much narrower at the tail, so the effect isn't so ferocious.
I must say though that for a fish it goes pretty vertical (well my idea of vertical anyway)
Oh yeah, once it's going, I'd imagine it wants to turn like you read about. Indeed, it's probably happiest in sharply curved parts of the wave.
I have tried moving further forward on the board but it becomes too easy to pearl. I think I must have a slightly wierd thickness distribution too. The one before this had a thinner nose and I did indeed lay further up the board and it caught waves really easy but I put much too thick rails on it and hated it.
I suppose it is time to start again !!!
Well, one more thing to try before you make it into a shelf. Remember 'no paddle takeoffs'? This might be a very good candidate for those, where you're basicly letting floatation and then gravity catch the wave for you. You're then going for it on a steep part of the wave, right in the board's comfort zone. There's always a way.
And while playing with that, yep, you could build something with more of a classic Lis or Frye fish rocker, that is just about none from around the midpoint back.
Good luck - I've had boards that I just couldn't get the hang of. One, well, I spent an afternoon throwing it into the shorebreak, hoping the $%&^# would break. Never figured that one out and wound up taking it back to the shop.