We got our first glance of the Quatro 2016 Windsurf Boards today and man are we excited! The Quatro range has been in such a strong place for years that it has been a very long time since we saw a lot of changes in one season! For 2016 though Keith Teboul has worked on some industry leading concepts that will definitely be setting the trend for the rest of the windsurfing world!
2016 Quatro Pyramid
The first and most exciting board perhaps in the entire industry is the brand new 2016 Quatro Pyramid! Quatro say it is a complete redesign of the massively successful 2015 Pyramid shape. The new board is a little shorter in length with slightly reduced nose width and a slight increase in tail width. This slightly increased tail width along with an increased thickness through the stance has allowed Quatro to move the rider back which gives unrivalled reactivity under the back foot! The swallow tail incorporated in the new design is well loved in the surfing world and provides superior hold through a full rail turn. The fin postitioning has been tweaked and the bottom shape is single to double to vee off the tail. This board is uncompromising, the shape looks sharp and performance driven and Keith Teboul cannot speak highly enough of it’s surfing prowess! We’re so excited to get our feet on this new board and to see the gap between windsurfing and surfing reduced once again. If there’s one board to get excited about this year it’s this!
2016 Quatro Cube
Quatro describe this board as a “shorter, more compact rocket of a quad” designed for speed and maneuverability. They say they have completely redesigned this board from the outline to the bottom contour to the profile flow.
The board has a fuller nose and profile thickness to compensate for it’s shorter length. The increase in profile thickness, much like the 2016 Pyramid, allows for the rider to be moved back on the board giving you the closest foot to tail rear strap position. This makes the board ultra reactive! A straighter rocker coupled with a vee with double bottom shape throughout makes this board lightning fast to plane and the compact shape along with the pushed back strap position increases it’s turning ability. Keith Teboul says “This board with it’s quad fins, fast rocker, redesigned outline and thicker profile allows you to shred in all sorts of varying conditions, from side off Ho’okipa to onshore Pozo. The best of both worlds put into one new quad design!” The Cube has been Quatro’s go to wave board for a few years now and has always won test reviews against any competition. It’ll be interesting to see and feel with the new improvements just how much further ahead this board will sit from the pack.
2016 Quatro Mono
This came as a surprise to us too! With the trend of boards getting smaller and multi fin popularity we were surprised to see Keith Teboul reveal the 2016 Quatro Mono as his third new shape in the range. What Keith say’s is that “The Quatro Mono is the ideal choice for sailors looking for the classic smooth and stable feel, quick acceleration, unlimited top end speed and adaptability that the single fin boards provide”. It’s great to see a board like this coming from the HQ of the world’s most advanced Windsurf Wave Boards. It can be a little stressful keeping up with the latest developments in wave board design and with the 2016 Mono KT has taken us back to what made windsurfing great in the first place. We’re keen to get this board on the water and once again experience the thrilling speed and smooth carving abilities of the traditional single fin board!
The Sphere and Tetra shapes from 2015 remain unchanged for 2016 except for a new size in the Sphere of 67 litres. This cements Keith’s attitude that unless his alterations improve a shape it doesn’t get changed!
2016 Quatro SUP Boards
Inflatable SUP boards are easily the most popular way for people to get on the water nowadays! Quatro know this and have carefully applied their years of board making knowledge to develop inflatable boards that share the characteristics of their solid counterparts. The glide is a mimic of KT’s user friendly wave shape designed to be the perfect all round leisure SUP. Small waves, coastal paddles and fun with the family is what this board is all about. With the Roam KT chose to capture the spirit of coastal explorers and give them a board that is fast to paddle, easy to stand on and practical to get to and from their next adventure. We’re certain these shapes will be highly successful as they are aimed at the two best area’s for inflatable SUP’s; simple enjoyment and unrestricted exploration!
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We know that by now you’re probably salivating over the thought of getting your feet on one of these new boards! We are! But official release dates are not until August/September 2016. The moment they’re available though full details including promo vids and pictures will be available on our Quatro homepage.
Thank you for reading and we’ll see you on the water