JPAUSTRALIA TWINSER QUAD 82L 2014 TEST REVIEW
Ambitious riders that like a lot of feedback and engagement with the hull.
Keep the rear straps as far back as possible and experiment with front strap positions to find the sweet spot for your style and the conditions, especially in onshore situations.
“There is no question that Twinsers and Quads have significant advantages in side shore conditions. All well-known riders have switched to this set-up mainly because of the unbelievable turning of these boards. Kauli, who initiated the Twinser and Quad concept made these boards popular with his own unique style. He has put a lot of effort into the development of the JP range wanting a line of Quads that he can use around the world in all different conditions, not just in pure down-the-line conditions. This range shines in areas where Quads previously did not feel so much at home: Early planing, great speed and upwind performance.”
Outline: Subtle tear drop. Wide point around 4 cm rear of track
Deck: Flat in stance area and forward, rolling nicely away to rails.
Rail Profile: Tucked forward, tightening just behind front straps and sharpening fully in line with centre of rear fins and centre of back strap.
Bottom Shape: Flat single concave under nose into double concave, deepens suddenly, continuing under mast track and straps, increasing from front strap towards fins. Most aggressive rolled double concave between front and rear fins. Easing behind fins to tail.
Rocker Line: Curve Balances around front strap. 8 cm or so of flat spot. Even curve throughout.
Fin Configuration: Quad JP G10 10 cm mini-tuttle fronts, 15 cm US Box rears, both swept back profiles.
Pads: Double density pads with heel bumper,
Straps: JP own-brand straps.
We’d have liked more time on this 82 due to limited higher wind conditions – but also because it’s a fun board to sail! This is a very lively and direct quad to ride around on with quite a high-in-the-water sailing position and good speed for jumps. OK it’s not an instant early-planer but, as in every aspect of this shape, a little input goes a very long way to putting a big smile on your face. It’s on the wave face where you have to show it who’s in charge and really engage the rails to avoid unwanted slides – but if you have the skills to control the slashier, slidey side of it’s nature the options are unlimited. Grip-wise however we found it really reliable with good acceleration out of the bottom turn. In the majorly onshore setup we tested in, we probably went too far forward with the front strap to start with and a better front foot connection when initiating frontside turns will be achieved through bringing the forward strap aft – and leaving the back strap as far back as possible too. A genuine no-limits, hard-core, wave-riding board.
A rewarding and involving board to ride, the Twinser Quad 82 isn’t hard to sail, but it is a hard-core machine that’ll challenge your skills and ask for input – show it who’s boss and you’ll rule the world!
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