I'm impressed by the way the gorgeous wooden boat towards the start of the below video seems to be at ease pealing on the runners. The smallish, steep and short period waves in the video appear rather similar to the what we get up here. Though I'm assuming it is an outer bank or bombora they are paddling on by the way the waves coalesce in some of the scenes.
I have to say when I pearl like that that I freak out (that I am going to stall/flip) and lean right back or/and peel off the wave as fast as possible. It happens fairly often because the usual 'swell' here is very short period and stands up a bit as it hits the extensive inshore shallow zones, so to ride a wave means the bow of the kayak is often sitting in the back of the next wave forward. I have never actually come to grief (always pull out ok - probably because I am conservative in pulling out of the situation early) but I find the feeling of the boat slowing and the stern lifting disconcerting.
However pulling off waves fairly regularly (when the conditions mean lots of pearling) slows down the average paddling speed quite a bit. In those sorts of waves I am more like the guy at 1:21 to 1:48 of the video - catching a bit but also being conservative about the waves to get onto and pulling out early when the boat spears into the wave in front. If the waves lengthen out I do go for it however
Is pearling like that in runners (not beach waves) something anyone does here regularly? What are the techniques to managing the boat in the pearl? Is it only something people do playboating (i.e. when they are happy to be going over regularly) or can the technique be reliable enough to undertake on a long (A to B) crossing?