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Quad surfboards - just hype? - 2008/08/04 00:27 hey,
i am lookin into buyin a new board and was reading reviews about quad surfboards - namely these two - 7S super fish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvjZw9VxFXQ and the TIKI Quad - http://store.magicseaweed.com/Tiki-Quad/Item/1127/

Basically both look great but I wanted to hear from anyone who has had either a quad board and how do they go or a board by 7s or TIki as I have never tried either brand. I am an intermediate/advanced surfer, 6'0 & 75kg looking for an ultra all round YET durable board. Any suggestions? Cheers!
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Re:Quad surfboards - just hype? - 2008/08/04 05:05 Quads are great for fast down the line surfing in smaller waves (knee to head high) They are also really good in shitty mushy waves. But if you like to surf head high+ and are a top to bottom style surfer a thruster will work better. Those Tiki boards look like they'll work really well in knee high - head high. I wouldnt be trying to ride it in really hollow overhead mexican beachbreak type surf or any type of heaving reef slabs. But for your typical everyday beachbreak or point it will work great!! Theyre really fast and a lot of fun.
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Re:Quad surfboards - just hype? - 2008/08/04 05:33 My buddy has a 6'2" Quad and I found it rode similar to my MR Super Fish without the center stabilizer, loose as a goose but no drive or thrust off the bottom. He had a 3" center fin put in and solved the problem.

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Re:Quad surfboards - just hype? - 2008/08/04 18:38 ok thanks for the advice. This was one of the other boards I was looking at -it's not a quad but it is still a standard fish - how do u think this would hold up in solid surf? Or are all fish type boards destined to slide out when the waves get solid? Thanks again! this comes in 6'0 and 6'3 i think.

Post edited by: dawonksta, at: 2008/08/04 18:40
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Re:Quad surfboards - just hype? - 2008/08/05 00:14 Good U-Tube video on the Global Super Fish! As the guy said, most popular set up is 5 fins, quad with small center trailing stabilizer. This board is the same basic design as my Mark Richards Super-Twin Fish, slight double concaves at the tail running into a single concave up front. Rode this board last week at hollow, head high, narly Secos (read blog) with no problems. Have ridden it in everything from small junk (pix below) to a couple of feet overhead. One thing: these boards are a highly technical, advanced design and you need to be an agressive rider. The advantage of the Super Fish is it paddles and catches waves like a board 2 feet longer. I would recommend the 6'2". Good luck!
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Re:Quad surfboards - just hype? - 2008/08/05 04:28 That webber looks like a really good board, but wide swallow tails arent usually the best thing to ride in overhead grinding surf. Sometimes you can put bigger fins on to help the board from sliding out but then you might lose some looseness, or the board gets klunky. Your going to have to find out which fins to put on in different conditions. Also "solid waves" can mean a lot of different things to different people. A solid day at your local break might be something totally different than a same sized solid day at pipe. That board might work insane on a overhead day in Florida, but on a overhead day in Hawaii it might suck. Bottom line: I'd use it as my small wave board head high and under, and bust out a performance thruster for when the swell turns on. I'd also try and take that board out in the bigger days to see how it goes and find when I need to switch. But both boards you showed look good for small waves. The webber will be a better top to bottom style board & the tiki will be a skatier, faster down the line type of board.
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