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Quatro Tempo 84

Apr 28, 2010

Quatro Tempo 84
V: 84 L: 234 W: 58.5

The ride: It’s pretty easy to picking the Quatro Tempo as the best high-wind board due to its smaller size and twin-fins. This new model complements Quatro’s more hardcore wave lines as a twin-fin board for onshore and smaller wave conditions. This means the Tempo planes quicker and rides smoother than other wave shapes. In fact, it planes so quickly it felt a lot like the bigger freestyle waves in the test. The twin-fins surprisingly didn’t limit its performance in flat or choppy water. Here you’ll find plenty of lift from the fins and completely forget about them. We found ourselves riding with as much, or more, weight on the rear foot than on the freestyle waves and the speed was comparable as well. There is a hint of looseness in a straight line, but if you keep some power in the sail the Tempo will ride across steep chop without the nose getting thrown off course. Kudos to Quatro for supplying it with superb MFC fins and footstraps.

The jibe: As a wave board, it’s no surprise that we loved the way the Tempo carved through tight turns. The planing performance with sails 5.0 m2 and below is impressive, and you’ll find yourself exiting jibes with speed and control. The two fins inspire confidence to push as hard as you can in your turns without any fear of the board losing traction.

The forte: Here you find a board with two fins, lots of rocker and the least volume in the test. We’ll go out on a limb and call this the best wave board in the test. It also works brilliantly as a high-wind board, but it is first and foremost a board that carves cleanly in big swell or breaking waves up to logo high.


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