Agree that you get more speed on a quad which will put you out on the shoulder, but that's only if you take a constant down-the-line approach. Get a quad that has as much propensity to vertical surfing as a thruster and you get the best of both worlds, speed and manoeuvrability. A good start is adding a touch more tail lift than usual; you'll lose a spot of drive (who cares, you've got speed) but the board will be looser. Smaller fin sets also help, as will using something like FCS H2 or any other fin with increased cant.Hatchnam wrote:First thing I noticed was lots more re-entries and snaps, and lots less cutbacks.batoes wrote:Keen to get back on a thruster to see how it compares - it's been ages since i've ridden a thruster.
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Most shapers seem to have it dialled now, thanks to Bruce Mckee and his mission quattro. Although early on a fair few or them were simply putting quad setups on thruster shapes. There's quite a few variables on fin placement (as Ignatius already alluded to). Bruce's stringer-centric quads with a fair bit of space between the front and rear fins have the drive and speed characteristics that are often associated with quads. The rail-centric style tend to have the front and back fins set closer together enabling tighter turns with a reduction in the drive. I've got a couple of boards with closely clustered rail orientated fins that surf pretty much like twinnies. Getting the fin combination right on this setup took me a couple of months. Once the penny dropped, it was a bit of a revelation (to me) and the boards surf so well, especially on punchy little beach breaks. Having said that, the thruster setup seems to be winning the arm wrestle.
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