FANATIC QUAD 87 TEAM EDITION 2013 TEST REVIEW
This is the third season of Fanatic’s Quad wave board program and the second successive season of these pintail shapes – unchanged bar a new Innegra Carbon construction, supposedly lighter and stiffer than Kevlar Carbon – and the addition of an all-new 101L model.
Short and compact, with plenty of width across the middle, a narrow pointed nose and a rounded pintail. The deck is domed and comes with high quality footpads and the superb Fanatic straps. Underneath it has some deep double concaves through the middle of the hull and is fairly flat in the tail. Chocco designs the quad fins, which consist of two 10cm fins upfront and two 14.5cm fins behind – all in Slotbox format.
With plenty of well-distributed width and volume across the middle, it’s very stable and secure under foot, although the compact outline and narrow nose make it feel quite small for an 87-litre board. The double concave hull helps to lift it quickly onto the plane and also soaks up chop for a comfortable ride over turbulent water. It’s a quick board and also very comfortable to ride, giving confidence in all conditions. The Quad 87 is great for jumping as a high top-end speed aids going big and the short shape’s easily controlled in the air. On the wave it cuts a super-smooth bottom turn and holds its speed extremely well past flatter sections, with plenty of grip and power all the way to the lip. It has a versatile character that can fit all wave sizes and rider styles.
The Fanatic delivers in a wide range of wave conditions, turning tight and loose in smaller waves as well as in solid and faster, bigger side-shore surf. It’s also a super-fun jumping hull that offers a lively and exciting ride that’s comfortable and easy to control. It would suit a wide range of riders looking for a versatile quad fin board to use almost anywhere.
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