QUATRO FREESTYLE WAVE 95L PREMIUM 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Quatro Freestyle Wave crossover board is available in four sizes. It was a new addition to the Quatro line-up a couple of seasons ago and, as Quatro are not ones for changing their shapes unless they have major advancements, it remains unchanged for 2013.
• MFC footstraps.
• Dual-Density footpads.
• Compact wave shape with pointed nose and rounded pintail.
• Single into double-concave hull
• MFC Freewave 28cm Powerbox fin
• Soft rails
• Narrowest board on test
As one of the smallest boards in this test this FSW naturally wasn’t the quickest to pop up on to the plane, yet, once nicely powered, it does accelerate freely up through the gears. The MFC straps and dual density pads deliver a very comfortable ride although it does have a slightly wider stance spread, which could take some riders a little getting used to. One up-and-running it can put out some surprisingly impressive top speeds and, while blasting, we noted the hull soaked up chop well to provide a comfortable, yet engaged ride. This board has undeniable wave pedigree, so turning is what it does best and, whether that’s on a swell or flat water, it carves extremely well. Through the gybe it has an adaptable style that will reward every effort and input. In bump & jump scenarios it’s a lot of fun and the compact shape is easily controlled in the air. It’s also not a bad freestyler, although the soft rails are a little too grippy for the really slidy moves.
As you’d expect from Quatro, their freestyle wave board has a greater emphasis on the surfing side, so in essence this is a very versatile single fin wave board. Although we were unable to run it through its paces in ‘real’ surf this time round, we’ve tested this model in the past and found it highly capable at waveriding. Best suited to riders mainly focused on waves, but looking for extra versatility for bump & jump or even flat-water days.
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