This brings me into the “pop” aspect of the review, something I feel is very misunderstood among the many marketing terms out there in regard to flex. Some people say that allowing a board to flex kills its pop, while others say that flex sets it free. Why is this? Well, to put it simply, there are different ways to ride a wakeboard. These different riding styles can be separated generally into two different flex board categories: stiff rocker boards and soft rocker boards. I’m speaking specifically of the flex in the belly of the board in between your boots, regardless of tip and tail flex. Oli’s board is a softer rocker board, which means that the board flexes more in between your boots than it does in the tip and tail. In the past, I’ve spent more time riding boards that hold their rocker through the belly, so it took awhile for me to get comfortable with the adjustment. It does, however, cause the pop to really come alive when you step on the tail of the board at the wake, which I loved. The continuous shape combined with a softer rocker flex pattern made this shape not only fast but also one of the poppiest “soft rocker” boards that I have ever ridden behind the boat.