JP AUSTRALIA RADICAL QUAD 83L 2015 TEST REVIEW
The board tested was the PRO EDITION in S-Glass Technology with Stringers and Carbon Rails, coming with 2x 14.5cm slot box rear fins and 2x 10cm MT thrusters.
AS RADICAL AS IT GETS
New fins with a slightly wider base offer more grip and drive. Thus, the length of the fins could be reduced adding to a better feel and maneuverability of the new boards.
Our team riders always ask for the impossible – looser boards, with more grip, smoother rides and more speed. We realized that those contradictive goals can’t be achieved with traditional concepts. We looked at what is happening in surfing and decided to go more radical than ever.
Not only did this board look the most radical on test, it delivered the most radical riding sensation too. There is a lot going on with this hull that makes it different, firstly there is no rocker flat to speak of, coupled with the deepest double concaves we have seen for a decade or so. The deepest area being directly beneath your stance which has to contribute to the beautifully soft, foam cushioned riding sensation. The concaves are more like “chutes” and have flat section within them. Add to these soft tucked rails and winged tail, small fins set and the narrowest overall width on test, results in a board that was never going to be favorite to be the first planing of the bunch. It wasn’t, but like the Quatro it didn’t matter a bit. With more rig or swell power the Radical Quad starts to sing and its speed of reaction will blow your mind. This is without question the fastest reacting board we have ridden and one that some may find more “nervous” at first. Spreading the fins does slow things down a little but it is never going to feel sedate or sluggish. You would not choose to sail the Radical Quad over the Thruster Quad in the test conditions, but that’s the point of having the two distinct lines. JP recommend to use the Radical Quad one size bigger than any other wave board and for those looking to maximise onshore performance and early planing but still have that radical, reactive feeling maybe look to the 94 size. Morgan Noireaux just won the Aloha Classic on a 85 litre scaled up copy of the Radical Quad, which makes us even keener to get the test board back and into destroying some chunky swell!
Worthy of the radical name tag, this JP has a unique riding sensation. A soft, almost “foamy” comfort which just wants to be turned from rail to rail; fast! The Radical Quad is a perfect complement to the excellent thruster quad “all-world” wave design with electric turning ability and speed of reaction.
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