Jun 19, 2009
V: 86 L: 242 W: 58
The Ride: Being designed in Maui the Quatro Wave is built to truly perform in real waves. It does not allow you to be quite as precise as some of the other DTL boards, but it's ease of use is superior to any other true wave board in the test. It is the perfect board for anyone who is dedicated to progressing their wave sailing and doesn't want a board they will outgrow. The Quatro Wave is the user-friendliest true waveboard in the test, perfect for anyone looking for a board to improve on and not outgrow. Its rail holds no matter how aggressive you are in your bottom turn, while off the top the wide nose never pearls or gets trapped in white water. As you dial in your style it rewards carving off the front foot, but if you need to make something happen off your back foot you can still get it done. This back foot turning ability also makes a decent choice as a side or side-on board. Compared to the Goya, which has a similar look, the Quatro looses a little speed through the bottom turn and isn't quite as fast to begin with. For this slight loss of performance the reward is stability at slower speeds and a board that almost self trims itself while catching a wave or getting onto a plane. Adding to the Quatro's appeal is that it does not feel completely out of place in bump and jump conditons. With that said the speed and pop don't match that of a typical freestyle wave, so the Wave 86 is still best suited to riders who will spend at least half their time in the waves.
The Parts: MFC straps adjust easily, but are a little narrow and constantly “shrink” when made big from the stretchiness of the outer cover. Great fin, even though it’s a little bigger than needed. A smaller fin adds maneuverability with no loss in early planing.