Continuous rocker is a smooth curve that does not change from tip to tail. Continuous rockers provide fast, smooth rides and allow you to hook up turns more easily. You can generate a lot of speed on a continuous rocker because the water flows without disruption across the bottom of the deck. Another benefit of a board with continuous rocker is a very predictable pop that will carry you farther out into the flats. The pop offered by continuous rockers can be characterized as more “horizontal” than “vertical”. Continuous rocker boards are great for carving, especially on those glassy summer mornings.
A board with a 3-stage rocker features two distinct bend points and three distinct planes on the bottom of the board. A 3-stage rocker causes your board to respond with more bucking/explosive/vertical pop. 3-Stage rocker decks push more water in front of the board, which makes them a little slower and gives them a slight sluggish feeling after landing. Addtionally, 3-stage rocker boards have a looser feel on the water to where your fins become less effective and riders must rely more on their edges. Boards with 3-stage rockers have a flat spot in the center that can make the impact of landings a little more intense.
Hybrid Rocker (a combination of continuous and 3-stage):
Living somewhere between a continuous rocker and 3-stage rocker, the hybrid rocker boards include Blended 3-Stage, Continuous Hybrid, Progressive, Subtle 3-Stage.