STARBOARD QUAD 94L 2015 TEST REVIEW
The 94 & 100L Quads share their outline shape, with the 100l having a 0.5cm increase in thickness to make up the extra 6L. It’s a plug and play board that features new lightweight slot boxes for the fins.
The Quads are Starboard’s most versatile wave boards. The unique shape and the four fins generate maximum drive and acceleration, bringing an awesome production of speed, flow and power to your sailing in all wave & wind combinations. Stable and extremely responsive, the Quads are most rewarding when driven off the rails for powerful yet smooth turns. The four-fin grip gives a very connected sensation to the wave yet they still have the ability to lose the tail when extended through the lip for a rotational move.
The Quad promised us great things after experiencing the exciting and accomplished 82L version last year, which was a solid reliable go anywhere try anything fun machine. The 94L still aspires to the same program with a comfortable autopilot like ride. The rocker line had the most accentuated tail kick of any board on test and requires an adjustment in technique to work the board in marginal onshore conditions and in these water states, gusts help lift the board free. Once on the face the pedigree of the Starboard Quads come to the fore and you are soon dreaming of bigger waves and bigger cutbacks that its designer Scotty McKercher has etched in his and the board’s DNA. Boasting an impressive sail carrying capacity the Quad 94L can work with a 6.5m engine. Carving ability is highly rated with a great deal of drive through turns and a high level of agility. Although containing 94L the Quad feels like the ride of a smaller board combining the best of both worlds.
To sum up the Quad 94, you have the volume and float to get you out when there are holes so it floats big and rides small. A great one board solution offering a very high level of control and confidence in feel and all the carving ability you can handle.
The more wave and wind power it receives the more it responds with grip, speed and composure. Rides and feels like a smaller board making it a great all round carver.
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