got on the new quad 5’11”....in 20knts lake waves….a high powered Cadillac among boards…smoooooth, upwind machine and very easy carving…excellent design and construction….almost too pretty to expose to the elements, but it is tough too! I love this board. Those who have acces to real waves….are in for a treat.
I just had my first session (quad 5.11) in a gusty 20-27 knot day with big chop. It was awesome. The board handled the chop surprisingly well. Carves like a demon and is just plain fun. It felt loose without sliding through the turns. Well done to the OR crew, you nailed it with this one.
Strapless—-so handling in the chop is important, and Kook Street in Victoria can produce some knarly chop between the tide and wind. I have only ridden strapless 3 times and managed to nail about 50% of my jibes on this board. This was my first go on this board.
Hoping that someone could elaborate on the 5’-7” board? I am interested in using it in the Gorge and in smaller coastal surf. I would go bigger but given the airline travel restrictions, it would be nice if this smaller board would be the ticket for kiting.
I’ve had the 6’3” Quad out in everything from light wind small gorge chop all the way up to 3m walls on the Oregon Coast. I love this board. I’m 1.8m, 87kg and this board works really well. Easiest board I’ve ever ridden for jibing. Carves straight up the face and draws nice lines on big wall sections. Up the line, down the line, whatever…this is a fun board to ride. Had it out yesterday in 2-3m surf and wind averaging 25+ with my 8m Razor. I first thought that the board might be too big for the “victory at sea” conditions, but it worked great. Haven’t had the problem with the nose pearling, even dropping straight down some hollow faces. All my riding has been strapped, so this may make a difference as far as pearling? If this board was stolen or broken, I’d buy another without a 2nd thought.
Wow, I am envious of those conditions. I would also ride strapped in that size beachbreak. Nose diving is more a function of the riders weight distribution , assuming the board has some rocker, which these do. More backfoot preassure should help.
I like the shape and Dims on the 5’11” surf. I have been strapless surfing a Placebo Flexlite Epoxy surfboard with a full carbon deck, I weigh 200 lbs. and catch air and break through heavy shore breakers with my board. Eventually I broke the board under my front heel. Obviously this board was not a kite specific board but it lasted me a full season. Should I expect more out of a kite specific OR surfboard? Is there anyone out there using the OR board in similar conditions and similar to my size that can give some feed back?
I tried the 5’7” quad strapless on a lake with lots of wind chop. It’s very smooth. Turns nicely and is a lot of fun slashing the wind driven swell. For a smaller board it’s a fairly mellow ride. Goes upwind nicely. About average for lightwind - too much rocker for true lightwind performance and it’s not a huge board.
Nice looking board. I’d love to see the bamboo on the top deck as well.