hey guys. i have mixed feelings for my 5'6 al merrick pod quad. Some conditions its extremely tight and can barely go on rail, and other days its nice and loose. To get less stiffness on its bad days should i set it up as a twin fin? or will it be too loose? any experiences or knowledge would be a huge help
Both setups are pretty loose, the quad holds better in more hollow waves where twin might lose the edge at times on a steeper face. So if its dead low tide the quad would be better, a higher tide I would go with the twin...
twinny rendered obsolete by some simon anderson guy way back. thruster thruster thruster. if yer board is shaped to be ridden quad just keep it that way and get it wired.hydrodynamics and all that sciency stuff
twinny rendered obsolete by some simon anderson guy way back...
there's not really such a thing as an "obsolete" surfboard design...just different ways of riding a wave.
climbing down off my soapbox now...
play around w/ your fins...the stock plastic fins, as crappy as they are, might be too big for you if you're a small guy. & given that you're riding a 5'6", i'm going to assume that you are a smaller guy, so leave the rears in place & grab a set of g-3's or g-5's & swap the fronts out for those. better yet, try to find a shop near you that is an fcs demo center (assuming the board is, in fact, fcs. if it's futures, go find a futures demo center) & try a bunch of different fins in the board.
i have a a 5'8" fishcuit that i ride set up w/ fcs pc g-am (flat foil) in the front spots w/ fcs pc g-xq rears (80/20 foil) in the rear. this is the set up that seems to work best for me, & i arrived at it after trying a bunch of different fins in the board.
quads are not like thrusters & really seem to be picky about what fins work best. i find that thrusters are more "plug & play", meaning you can just about slap any decent fin into one & the board will work well. yes, the proper set of fins will really bring it to life, but a thruster will still work. quads are more finicky IMO.
To get less stiffness on its bad days should i set it up as a twin fin?
I don't think that's the answer to your problem. Aside from changing your approach to the wave on those days you can't get your board on a rail, you can try a fin with less rake. Those AM fins look like they have a lot of sweep, which draws out turns, but maintains speed through them. A more upright, pivoty fin could be the answer.
But you might try moving your back foot back. Chances are your finding it hard to initiate a turn when the waves are letting you go faster. The faster you go, the flatter those wider boards like to stay. Stepping back with your back foot can help.