I agree with Jess.
The slapshot rig, or a much shorter leader on the "live line" rig, also works best for casting.
for me there are 2 scenarios in the surf: 1. dropper loops with essentially no "leader", the bait is nearly stationary and 2. rig with a leader, meaning the bait is drifting with the waves / current.
had side by side scenarios where one worked over the other, both ways.
yeah, I know it's junk science... but it works for me