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xander.arch



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rigatoni wrote:
Wouldn't a tri fin setup with blanks to go in the thrusters, be a perfect solution? You can ride it in a single fin configuration or thruster configuration depending on the conditions. Seems like I have heard a lot of positive feedback from folks pursuing that option.


Yes, if you want a one board strategy for ripping bay chop, swell, and the occasional wave foray. But for learning waves I'd go straight to one of the flatter rocker quads like the Goya or quatro cube.
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capetonian



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a few years of sailing and loving quads I followed the hype and bought a Quattro Sphere thruster. I hated it, slow to plane and turned worse than single fin boards I'd had 5 years previously. I tried different fin configurations, bigger center/ smaller side bites, smaller center/ bigger thrusters. Nothing worked well, not even going with K4 asymmetric fins. The board was just a dog. So in my opinion the board shape matters more than the number of fins.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suba-rude wrote:
Quads are heavy, complicated and sticky. Priced a set of quad fins yet?


not heavy, only as complicated as you want to make it.

K4s are kool beans on a quad, or tri or twin, and not a lot of beans

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capetonian



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

capetonian wrote:
The board was just a dog.
I should mention that the only times I enjoyed sailing it was in logo high or bigger waves at Backyards. Then it carved beautiful high speed top turns without the slidey feeling that quads can sometimes have at top speed.
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Wave sailing is never done at "top" speeds, never.
2. If it's good in big waves and not in small, ride big waves with it.
3. You can loosen any board by changing it's fin and fin config.
4. The slidey feel IS why you wander away from singles fins.
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koogzah



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb wrote:
1. Wave sailing is never done at "top" speeds, never.


It is actually illegal in several states.
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jse



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

koogzah wrote:
zirtaeb wrote:
1. Wave sailing is never done at "top" speeds, never.


It is actually illegal in several states.


Nebraska, West Virginia and New Mexico
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rswabsin



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I'm in Maui right now with any Quattro or Goya board at my fingertips for use. I'm a dedicated single fin guy and currently riding the Quattro FSW (single fin). With no real surf, I love riding and jibing on the offshore swells. Is it worth trying a multi fin board? If so, throw me a suggestion. This will be mostly high wind B&J with the odd mushy wave.

Rob
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Waterat Pat



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I notice some single fin wave sailors use a fin that is too large probably so that they can point upwind. If you want to loosen up that board move that fin forward and go as small as possible to just maintain your position in the lineup. Suddenly it feels like a multifin with none of the extra drag.
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smaller singles can help some, I use 8.25 in waves.
But, at that point, two 7.5" fins feel looser rail to rail, hold in better upwind, go fast enough for jumping, and pivot turn quicker with more push coming out of the top turns, so it's a different FEEL, more akin to riding a twin or quad surfboard as opposed to a single fin.
Quads might go down to 5.5 and 5" sizings.
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