I got my first quad this year, and it's a five fin convertible so I can ride it as a thruster too. I definitely think the quad has a different feel. For one, the rails are very responsive, and like most people tell you, the board doesn't lose speed through turns. My first few turns the board just went off without me. I'd say one issue I'm having with it is I can't make turns as tight as with the tri-fin setup, and it's a bit tough to make top turns sometimes. A lot of my difficulty could just be I'm so used to tri-fin and just need to get a better feel for how a quad works.
Ok, I went into my local today to talk fins and I ended up walking out with an order for a 5 fin set of Josh Mulcoys. The guy told me they're the best fins he's rode even though they're listed as kite fins in the catalog. I just went on his word. Hopefully that wasn't a mistake.
I'm far from a big guy. I'm like 5'7" and 130-140 pounds. If I get quads they should probably be pretty small then, right?
Small is right.....I'm 6'1 195 and ride mediums. Since I've started riding quads I haven't touched my thruster no matter what size wave I'm on. My boards are customs and are straight quads except for one 5 fin setup but I've never ridden it as a thruster. My HP Longboard is even a quad! That's how much I like them.
Last edited by wave1rider65; Jul 15, 2013 at 02:02 AM.
Quads are a little faster and a little stiffer, Not super substantial. I feel that I can pump and turn a thruster with much more ease. And I also find that I can make up any lost speed on the thruster by pumping it and it also allows me to get more release on airs and vertical maneuvers. I do ride both from time to time though.