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    Rear Quad Setup

    just ordered a custom for surf the in the 2-5' range - basically an all around go to east coast board. ordered it as a 5 fin, and was thinking about just picking up a set of quad rear fins - 375 Quad Rears.
    http://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com...ll-models.aspx

    i will probably ride it mostly as a thruster but definitely want to give it a go as a quad as well. just trying to save a few bucks instead of ordering full quad set since i have a ton of future thruster setups. anybody have these or have any feedback. and if so, what other fins have you ridden them with for the fronts.

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    depending on how big you are & the placement, i think 375's might be a bit on the small side. i've found that i prefer 400's or slightly larger (410-420 or so) for quad rears. is it more of a hp shape w/ a center line placement or a fishy type shape w/ a rail placement? i've gone as big as 435 for my rears on a wide tailed simmons type board.

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    im like 6' 185. i would say the board is more of a hybrid - not fish but not hpsb either. i actually am talking to the shaper about fin placement to see what he recommends with this design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJerzSrfr View Post
    i actually am talking to the shaper about fin placement to see what he recommends with this design.
    Smart move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Smart move.
    100% agree!

    that said, i'd prob. recommend a 400 or larger regardless of fin placement based on your size...you're the same height & weight as i am.

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    I'm looking for my first quad/convertible. For years, I actually thought quads were a fad/gimmick...until I finally researched the design in depth. Any extra speed the quad allows in small/mushy waves is always welcome and I can switch back to a tri when the waves get steeper....plus, I can't deny quads look freakin' cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    I can switch back to a tri when the waves get steeper....
    you might find you don't want to once you experience the extra hold a good quad provides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby
    I can switch back to a tri when the waves get steeper....

    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    you might find you don't want to once you experience the extra hold a good quad provides!
    true, but I was talking about hard bottom turns and going straight up to the lip on steep waves. I see some pros can manage that on quads, but others, not so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    true, but I was talking about hard bottom turns and going straight up to the lip on steep waves. I see some pros can manage that on quads, but others, not so much
    i think that's a matter of dialing in fins, fin position, tail width, & spending the time getting accustomed to quads. very few pros (& only slightly more average joes) have really spent the time doing that. many will dabble w/ quads here & there...parko's statement was pretty telling...something about preferring quads in barrels (aka: going straight) but switching back to a thruster when the waves/judging requires turns.
    we're so used to riding thrusters that when we hop on a design that we expect to perform like a thruster & it doesn't, we're very quick to discard it & say it doesn't work. you can push a quad like you can a thruster, you just have to tweak certain design aspects & aspects of technique...same as on a single fin or twin fin w/ a hp shape.

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    I moved away from the quad. On bigger days it generated a little more speed/stability, but it took away from the slightly loose tail feel which I like. I guess it depends on your local wave, too. But like you said, you can just switch it up which is cool.