Combatants are flat-footed until they take their first action of the combat. The surprise round may be a "pre-round" but it is still a part of the combat. I'm sorry Sutek but you happen to be wrong on this one.Sutek said:Combatants are Flat-footed until the first round of combat is over. The Surprise round is a pre-round. I'll look up the actual wording when I get home - dont' have the book here at work.
Furthermore I think that if you take another look at your own example you will see that if you let combatants who act in the surprise round become un-flat-footed that all of your problems with "extra speedy" travelers suddenly disapear.