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  1. #11
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    i agree w/ LBCrew in that as the surf gets better, the emphasis switches to controlling speed rather than generating it, & for that, i still prefer a thruster set up. i did recently have a board made by brian wynn w/ the idea of experimenting w/ quads in better surf in mind, so we'll see how that plays out...can always run it as a tri fin.

    fin-wise, i'm a bigger guy, so i've never used the k2.1's, but the quad rears from that set are my go-to quad rears for most boards. my favorite high performance quad set up is G-AM fronts w/ K2.1 quad rears. i just picked up a set of the MF-1's & am stoked to try them out the next time we actually have waves. i tried a "nubster" type fin in my hp quad groveler & was unimpressed...added lots of speed & hold, but stiffened the board up beyond belief. i think that it's something that's better suited to larger, steeper, or more powerful surf rather than waist high wind swell. i'll keep it in mind for my new wynn, but it'll never touch my groveler again.

    the cool thing about the kelly fin sets is that the thruster rear fin is the same on both sets, so even if you just buy the k2.1 quad set, you can still try it as a tri b/c you have the k3's.

  2. #12
    Hey njsurfer42, I didn't quite understand what fins are exactly the same on the K3/K2.1

    I understand that you can only be talking about the side fins for the K3 (because the other one is the central fin, wouldn't make sense, obvously), but on the k2.1, are the fins closer to the tail the ones that are the same as the K3?

    I'm into saving money, so if that's the case, I would love only having to purchase the 2 other fins of the quad set.

    Sorry if that was confusing, english is kinda rusty... need to move back to the US to remedy that.

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    sorry, i may have explained that poorly.

    on the k3 & k2.1 thruster sets, the center (rear) fin is identical. so if you want to try the k2.1 as a quad & a tri, you don't have to shell out the $120 for the 5 fin set, just for the quad set (which it sounds like you're already planning to do), b/c you already have the center fin from your k3 set.
    just to clarify (from the fcs website):

    k2.1:
    Center

    Base: 4.28" / 109mm

    Depth: 4.41" / 112mm

    Area: 14.22"▓ / 9172mm▓

    Sweep: 31║

    Foil: 50/50

    k3:
    Center

    Base: 4.28" / 109mm

    Depth: 4.41" / 112mm

    Area: 14.22"▓ / 9172mm▓

    Sweep: 31║

    Foil: 50/50
    Last edited by njsurfer42; Aug 17, 2012 at 09:29 PM.

  4. #14
    Thanks man, It's absolutely clear now

    still gonna have to purchase he quad set though

    Aloha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brukuns View Post
    Thanks man, It's absolutely clear now

    still gonna have to purchase he quad set though

    Aloha!
    glad that cleared it up...you won't regret picking up that quad set, though

  6. #16
    hm, my Buddy-X is ready... as soon as I get it this Saturday (long drive, no can do before the weekend) I'll post comments on it... hopefully I'll be able to test it this Sunday, although it will be hardly 3ft...

  7. #17
    Alright, here we go. I tested my new Buddy-x on 3 to 4ft, fair conditions...

    The board is fast, although at first glance it didn't have much hold on the take off, I have to take a full bottom turn (I felt this mostly going backside)... still I think it's only a matter of getting used to the board, my friend tried it and managed to take off straight into the wall, but he was on his frontside though.

    Paddling into a wave is a pice of cake, never had a board such as this one, I can already see my wave count going through the roof.

    Here's a picture of my baby.buddyx.jpg

    Any comments are more than welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brukuns View Post
    Alright, here we go. I tested my new Buddy-x on 3 to 4ft, fair conditions...
    The board is fast, although at first glance it didn't have much hold on the take off, I have to take a full bottom turn (I felt this mostly going backside)... still I think it's only a matter of getting used to the board, my friend tried it and managed to take off straight into the wall, but he was on his frontside though.
    quads are a bit more difficult to get up and going on your backside, i'm not exactly sure why though. maybe because they're looser and you're pushing it down with your heal? anyway, on waves where you're riding frontside, they're great for getting down the line or through closeouts. you do have to make a more gradual bottom turn on your backside though (or at least i do).

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    i just got my first quad and i absolutely love it man. really fast, lots of hold in turns, cutties, etc, and it takes off immediately. i have it on a fish and i wish all my boards were quads now. experiment man. it's the only way!

  10. #20
    to be honest, since I still didn't buy a quad set, I surfed it as a thruster. I'm in Brazil, and fins here are super expensive... but I'm traveling to SoCal this early September, and I will buy a quad fin set there...

    Still not sure if I should get the K2.1, or maybe the Q-PC5... I'm looking at the specs on that set and they seem rad!

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