QUADEM FUN FACTS
• Wearing a helmet is compulsory. Four helmets on the Beast because danger looms everywhere!
• We haven’t tested jumping it yet even if we are all wave riders at heart.
• The board is crap in the surf and the rail sticks on the bottom turn, even at super high speed.
• Transport, as you would suspect, is a nightmare.
• In order to simplify things and save on weight, we didn’t put on any non-slip. A big mistake that we will correct next time!
• With each crash you destroy at least one sail.
• The Quadem offers the best weight/power ratio in windsurfing history. You can load between 16 and 24m² of sails with 45/50 knots of wind on a board that has relatively very little contact with the water.
• We hesitated for a long time about the fin size. We went for a 44cm because we had it on the Tridem and had nothing else! Given the overall rail length, we could use a much smaller fin but we fitted it with a hammer and can’t get it out anymore. Anyway, we’re losing 1cm each session through grounding so by next year we should be down to a 28cm. We’re currently considering a foil system, but that is top secret.
• Our top speed was 55 knots (on the highway) and around 26 knots on the water. That shows the crazy rate of progression that we have. After all, this is just the beginning of the Quadem story!
WHAT ARE THE IDEAL CONDITIONS?
Ideal conditions are a fully downwind run with 60 knots of wind. We don’t mind the chop since we crush anything coming our way with the two fatties at the back. We do however need a good kilometre to reach our max speed. It’s the reason why we can’t make an attempt on a channel like Saintes Marie or Namibia. Anyway, we always thought that these channels were for chickens that don’t know how to deal with chop.