Yea...(this will sound a bit sadistic but...) I actually like to see them struggle a bit rather than the ski assist. Normalizes them a bit. Fanning bailing his board to dig under some of the waves, etc.
As well...interesting a lot of them are opting for quads (as mentioned on the webcast). Most set-ups seemed a bit pushed back--especially that shot of fannings on the round pin.
The quad setups are very intteresting. Looks more like a big wave setup then the standard quad. Parko has a similar setup.
I agree...those quad setups with the cluster pushed back and the rear pair moved a bit in towards the stringer work better in large waves and seem too stiff for doing quick turns in small or mushy waves.