The Twin-Fin 84 is part of Quatro’s brand new Tempo range, and has been designed to perform in waves found anywhere around the globe. Quatro say that the Tempo offers the perfect balance between early planing, speed, stability – and of course that new loose feeling that twin-fins are all about. When compared with Quatro’s other line of twin-fins, these boards have a wider outline and a progressive bottom contour together with a bullet-fast rocker, offering a board that’s less demanding but still radical in the waves. The Tempo is available as a 76L, 84L and a 92L, in either premium PVC or premium wood construction.
Design: At 58cm wide the Tempo is one of the widest twin-fin boards in this test, and has a quoted volume of 84L. It has a fairly small amount of tail rocker for a waveboard (6mm), but this wasn’t the smallest on test. It has the longest planing flat of all of the twins with the 2cm point at 143.4cm, and there’s a bit of vee in the tail becoming double concave further forwards.
On the water: Stepping onto the Quatro immediately feels great because the board’s size seems perfectly matched with a 5.3 or 5.0m sail. The board isn’t the quickest to plane, but once up and going it feels relatively fast. The Tempo would be a great firsttime twin-fin because it forgives poor technique and mistakes from the rider – you almost feel like you can get away with too much! It isn’t the most radical rail to rail, but is loose enough to turn relatively tightly in onshore conditions, providing the opportunity for that all-important smack. T The board handles being well powered admirably, and on occasions it performed better in these conditions, holding its rail really well in the bottom turn. And during the top turn it was great for sliding the fins out, giving the rider that awesome surf-style feeling.
Fittings: It comes with two 16.5cm MFC G10 fins which are fairly stiff throughout. The new straps are a 100% improvement on last year’s, and are now very comfortable, as are the pads. The board also features the brilliant fin trim system which allows for easy alignment of the two fins.
Overall: A great board for those that aren’t looking for something too radical. Those that are should probably look at the Rhythm Twin-Fin from Quatro instead. The Tempo performs well in both onshore and cross-shore riding conditions, and suits a jumping session too. An easy-going board that you’ll be sliding the tail out on in no time!