As someone who has experimented with other hybrid/crossover boards, I can confidently say that not all hybrid boards are created equal. In the past, riding hybrids behind the boat has left me frustrated. The core typically goes soft on me when hitting the wake, and I’m left with little to no pop. Fortunately, the Pearl was different in this aspect. Its core was stiff enough to hold up through the wake and deliver an explosive pop, yet soft enough to absorb shock on hard landings. Yeah, I may have cased the wake once or twice, but give me a break — I’ve ridden boat maybe 10 times over the past few years. Given that the Pearl was so fun, I might have to become a regular behind the boat again.