Fins for quads

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freds-bread-shop started the topic in Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 at 7:01am

I am looking at purchasing round nose fish with quad fin set up. It says to be riden as a twin with trailers. I presume this means the back fins are a fair bit smaller than the front two. What sort of fin set ups are people with quads finding the best ? apparently experementing is advised, but with the price of fins this is going to be limited for me. So let me know what works for you. I usually use fcs.

Regards: Fred

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more commented Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 at 10:28pm

It will depend on quite a few things mate...what size and design of board, how you surf, your size, waves to be ridden etc....I shape quite a few quads and ride quads alot so I would like to offer suggestions....if you can help me out with some more info, that would help mate.....cheers

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freds-bread-shop commented Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 at 12:11am

Iam 6'tall ane weigh 85kg and am looking at a fish type quad around 6', 20", 2.5". I have a good allrounder board but was looking for something to have more fun in the smaller stuff, so if you could give some advice for fins for smaller stuff first and also a fin option for if the waves are better. I usually use K2.1 in my allrounder, have u used these in a quad? there is a lot of options on the fcs website so i was wondering what people find work for them.

Cheers mate: Fred

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more commented Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 at 6:21am

sure have used them in a quad, they work well too, especially in more high performance type boards, but I would start with them in the front for sure and maybe some G1000's in the rear plugs....if you find this a little too skatey ( there is alot of variables here such as boards shape, fin placment etc....), then maybe increase the size of the fins , many options with FCS, but if ya dont like the KS2.1/G1000 combo, perhaps try M5 ( or similar ) front and M3 rears, I use side foils in front and double foils in the tail, seems to work better for me, but thats just my opinion...as I said there alot of options and variables but that might be an ok starting point .....

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gr0mm3t commented Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 at 3:15am

i rock the front with M5s and the rears with Q1s and it goes well. im 6'6 85kgs.

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brianp commented Saturday, 11 Dec 2010 at 12:15am

Ive got a quad RNF 5'11 off the rack. I just use the standard Mayhem fins it came with. is my favourite board by far.. I can't stand by shortboards anymore..

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rangoon commented Friday, 4 Feb 2011 at 10:50am

just moved to carbon fins in the fornt, wish i had done it sooner. keeped my small pc trailers (recon quads performs better with smaller trailers eg TC Aqua,G1's or MG shapers). the rigid aspect of the carbon has made my quad even quicker out of the blocks, plus they're lighter and feel stronger.
nothing helps tear appart the summer mush better than speed

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hovercraft commented Friday, 25 Feb 2011 at 7:15am

FCS GXQ's are unreal quad trailer/rear fins.

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more commented Friday, 25 Feb 2011 at 11:30am

great with what fronts and on what style of board ?

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hovercraft commented Saturday, 26 Feb 2011 at 12:04am

rocket fish - DH2 on front

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stunet commented Saturday, 26 Feb 2011 at 9:45pm

I'm using FCS H2's. I tried them previously on a thruster but found them too loose, the tail broke free on any turn that was pushed too hard, and with a bit of speed (say, any wave over about 4') the board 'hydrofoiled' and had to be nursed in a Derek-Hynd-on-a-finless-stick type crouch.

When FCS brought out the H2's in the quad set-up I went straight out and bought a set. Looseness in the tail is exactly what I want in my fish as it gets surfed off the front foot anyway, and the increased fin area (i.e having the fourth fin) gives plenty of resistance to push off for drive. They're still hard to control in waves over 4' but I rarely think of surfing my fish in waves that size anyway.

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sandbag commented Thursday, 5 May 2011 at 11:49am

Hi I'm 6'1" 80kg and surf whatever's around always hoping for points 3-6ft but will take 2 ft slop as well. I'm an intermediate surfer and pretty front footed due to heaps of snowboarding. I've got a 6'3" aloha bean SLXC coming and i want to set it up as a quad, i've never ridden one, i've mainly had standard 6'5" ish thrusters. I surfed a 6'0 bean and loved it but wanted a couple of inches more for bigger days as this will be my only board.
The board comes with M5 thruster set up but i was thinking of the PC 5 quad fin set, or just getting two GX trailers which would be the same thing without the fronts being performance core just glass flex.
Any advice on whether this would be a good setup for me to start on the quad road or if anyone has surfed the bean as a quad and has opinions on it's handling i'd love to hear it.
Cheers

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more commented Thursday, 5 May 2011 at 1:16pm

leave the 5's in the front and stick some 3's in the rear plugs ( double foils preferably ), its a good starting point, if its too stiif, reduce fin size to maybe 3's and G1000's ....not aware of the design board you mention, but this fin set up works well for most quads, good place to start anyway.....

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sandbag commented Thursday, 5 May 2011 at 11:25pm

Thanks more, do you think being an intermediate surfer, (i would like to be surfing more top to bottom but now more so cutbacks and weakish snaps) that i'd even notice or benifit from performance core fins compared to glass flex?
The Bean is a 'pod' 6'3" 20 1/2, 2 1/2 with a performance tail and rails.
"the BEAN has a fuller nose template providing a platform for efficient start-up acceleration and paddling, while the relaxed entry rocker maintains speed and glide over flatter sections. A shallow single-to-double concave with vee running out through the tail
cheers

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MarkPridmore commented Friday, 6 May 2011 at 1:25am

start with those fins and if you want to liven it up, you can try putting more upright fins in the front plugs which will give you an easy board to turn, or you can reduce the fin size of all or some of the fins til you find what you like, too small will be loose but slower, too big will be fast and drivey but harder to turn, but the fins I said earlier should be a happy medium especially for an intermediate type surfer...if you wanted to go the higher tech fins, go for it, but I wouldnt bother, when you reach a high skill level, thats when you will feel and benefit from those better flexing and lighter fins...but the standard ones go fine, I use em and they go pretty good .....

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sandbag commented Friday, 6 May 2011 at 3:28am

sounds good and cheaper!! can't wait to get hold of the board and mess around with seting it up. cheers

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more commented Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 6:44am

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I put 3 fronts and g1000 rears in this design and it works well
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