Shapers need to have fun too!! So here’s my new toys for Summer. A 5’3 Mod Rocker, 5’9 Stunt Dingo, 5’9 Prototype model and a 5’11 Lenny the Ox. I love getting new stix and more so developing and improving the boards through time. I find it so important to be constantly developing the boards and be able to relate the feel and conditions that a particular model works in. Thanx to Glassing Division for the great sprays and glassing.
This Summer a lot of people want to see what Quads are all about. The big plus with a Quad is the extra speed, but more so the areas of a wave where a Thruster will slow down, a Quad set-up will maintain it’s speed. I feel a Thruster is a much better all round design, particularly in tight pocket style beachies, with Quads coming into there own in barrels and down-the-line waves. But there is still a lot of work to be done with Quads and if surfing is to progress, it has to be done with more speed. I see Quads playing a major part in this development.
What I’m now doing with my Quads is moving the rear fins further in and slightly back, which is maintaining the speed of a Quad but giving the board more of a Thruster feel through rail to rail transitions.
Fin size plays a key role in the all round set-up of a Quad. Having a similar template shape front and back, with the rear fin size being ¼” to ½” smaller, is effective. Increase the rear fin size, your board will be stiffer, decrease and the board will be looser.
Happy Surfing. Webby
It’s that time of year again when we’re searching for anything that resembles a decent wave. Here, Zac has no problem finding a neat little pocket to pinch.