So I recently took the leap and moved to a 6'8" Merrick flyer I. I had been using a 7'10" Merrick Water Hog for the past few months and wanted to move a bit shorter. I have no problems with paddle speed, etc, but I feel that the side to side balance is a realy toughie. All of a sudden I'm on my knees a lot more during the popup and finding myself in a really tough spot...
so a few questions:
1) any suggestions on side to side balance during popup?
2) where do you put your hands during popup (near chest presumably, but wrapped around wrails? flat on top of board, etc)?
3) how far forward are you putting that front foot? it seems like my foot feels most comfortable almost on top of the logo! which seems so far!
thanks so much guys!