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Five steps to QUAD Wave Board Perfection

Five steps to QUAD Wave Board Perfection

This QUAD wave fin set up and tuning guide is designed to empower riders to make informed choices about their windsurfing fins so that they can maximize the performance that they get from their board(s). This is especially important with multi-fin boards which open up a large range of options and give us the ability to customize our experience. It might be a little daunting having to choose the size and type of wave fins and build your own pack so we put together this guide with the aim of outlining the options so that you can informed decisions and maximize the potential of your equipment. We start by looking at the options for front and rear fins before considering size and different variables to consider.

Rear Fin Options | MiniEPIC 13.5, 14.5, 15.5 & 16.5)

  • [Black Ed.] G10, stiff, powerful & durable | DRIVE 10/10 | SPEED 10/10 | PIVOT 8/10 | FEEL: 8/10
  • [FLX] increased flex, enhanced feel & reduced weight | DRIVE 8/10 | SPEED 9/10 | PIVOT 9/10 | FEEL: 10/10

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Front Fin Options | Thruster 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11)

  • [Black Ed.] G10, stiff, powerful & durable | DRIVE 10/10 | SPEED 10/10 | PIVOT 8/10 | FEEL: 8/10
  • [FLX] increased flex, enhanced feel & reduced weight | DRIVE 8/10 | SPEED 9/10 | PIVOT 9/10 | FEEL: 10/10

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Suggested Size Guide for Quad boards

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To help riders choose their fins we have created three quad size bands, SmallMedium & Large, each of which is divided into a number of sizes;

  • SMALL (S1, S2 & S3) for  Grom, Women & Smaller Riders (Rider weight under 70kg), these sizes are the choice of team riders such as Ingrid Larouche and Jake & Max Scfhettewi.
  • MEDIUM (M1, M2, M3 & M4) for most riders in a range of conditions (Rider weight 70 – 85 kg)
  • LARGE (L1, L2 & L3) for heavier riders on bigger boards (Rider weight 85kg +)

These options will cover most boards, riders and conditions however feel free to customize these options to suit your specific needs, contact us with any questions.

 

Things to consider when choosing your fin combo:

  1. Fin recommendations are based on advanced & expert riders, intermediate riders should select one size bigger.
  2. Select one size bigger for strong currents and onshore wind.
  3. Chart is based on an average weight 80kg (175lbs), lighter riders may go one size smaller and heavier one size bigger.
  4. Multi-fin combinations is largely based on rider style, board and conditions, please ask for advice and we will be happy to advise you on the most suitable set up.
  5. Boards with less rocker love smaller fins to help them turn compared to boards with more rocker which need bigger fins for drive and speed.
  6. Boards with more Vee can use smaller fins compared to boards which have a flatter bottom profile.

 

What do we say about the different fins?

MiniEPIC – a fin optimized for fast and radical wave sailing where riders want speed, grip and fast turns. With increased rake and added twist these fins promote control and are designed to work with our Thruster range. To get the most out of these fins riders will need to have speed and drive hard. The MiniEPIC are are available in either our G10 or [FLX] versions for added tuning.

Thruster – designed for use as the front fins for a quad or 3 fin thruster set up, Using the Thrusters as your front fins gives a loose twinzer quad style setup. Ideally suited to riders who like to sail of their back foot a little more for a more skate like feel. The Thrusters are available in either our [Black Ed.] or [FLX] versions for added tuning.

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The Five steps to the perfect Black Project QUAD set up

Step 1: Assess your sailing & current fin set up

The first step in selecting the right fins for your own set of circumstances is to honestly assess what sailing you do, your level, the sails you use etc. it is a good idea to read our Guide to choosing the right size Wave Fin to help with this and refer to the sizing guides on the individual product pages. As riders are often upgrading their fins or adding a second set to extend the range of the board then consider how your ordinal fins have performed, where they too small, too big etc. and while they are unlikely to be a perfect reference point it does give you somewhere to start building your ideas. It is important to ask yourself what you are trying to achieve with the new set up from Black Project. Start with our size guides and then work through steps 2 and 3 below.

Step 2: Choose your REAR quad fins

  • Choose between [Black Ed.] or [FLX]
  • Bigger riders or those who sail with more back foot pressure will need to increase the size of the rear fins.
  • Bigger rear fins in relation to front fins will give a more pivotal feeling, often ideal in smaller waves.
  • In onshore or bump ‘n’ jump conditions choose bigger rear fins for increased drive.
  • For wave riding in offshore conditions choose smaller rear fins for increased turning.

Step 3: Choose your FRONT quad fins

  • Choose between [Black Ed.] or [FLX]
  • Increasing the size of the front fins helps to increase drive and give a more planted feel.
  • Bigger front fins in relation to the rear fins helps to engage more of the board and give a more secure bottom turn.
  • In onshore or bump ‘n’ jump conditions choose bigger front fins for increased drive.
  • For wave riding in offshore conditions choose smaller front fins for increased turning.

 Step 4: Order via one of our dealers or online store

 

Step 5: Receive your fins and fit them to your board!

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