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Freestyle Wave

Quatro Freestyle Wave 95 (2009)

Design: The Quatro is very similar to the Goya One, with a very wave-oriented design featuring relatively high tail rocker, a rounded plan shape, fairly flat deck and above average vee. It has a longer planing flat than the Goya, although still quite short for a freestyle-wave board. The generous width makes it feel quite big in this test.

On the water: Very like the Goya the Quatro is clearly most at home in the waves where its upright stance, very loose, easy turning performance and easy jumping are most appreciated. Although as reluctant to plane as the Goya and Mistral Style in moderate winds, once up and running it doesn’t exhibit the same tendency to drag back, releasing nicely once fully up and planing off the tail. Nevertheless we would recommend not using sails bigger than 6.0m, and looking for a solid breeze.

It too feels very lively and ready to manoeuvre at all times once planing, and while it is not slow and not uncomfortable blasting it inclines the rider to shorter runs and a more jumpy / turny / freestyle attitude. It gybes very nicely and keeps speed up pretty well out of the turn for such a wave style design.

We particularly enjoyed the Quatro in the waves where it exhibits the good performance of a fast waveboard, turning very easily but still keeping good speed through the bottom turn even on smallish onshore waves. Our freestylers also found it very conducive to higher wind freestyle.

Fittings: We didn’t think the fittings complemented the board as well as they might. The straps are hard to adjust big enough, and not the most comfortable. The fin was of excellent quality but at 30cm it was the biggest that you would ever want with this style of board, so you’d definitely need to invest in a smaller foil too. The deck is very flat and though often popular with wavesailors and freestylers, all our testers would have preferred more dome.

Overall: The Quatro is clearly more of a fast and easy waveboard than a true all-rounder, and will have most appeal to coastal sailors looking for a big board to get riding early. That said, it is by no means slow and is also good fun to blast around on, gybing and jumping well. However, if you are looking for long fast runs in a locked down stance, possibly in choppy waters you would probably be better looking elsewhere.

We would strongly recommend it for advanced heavy weight (87kg+) sailors looking to maximise their riding in moderate to medium winds, and get good jumping and or freestyle as soon as there is a decent breeze. It would also make an excellent first time waveboard for sailors from about 78kg upwards.

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