REVIEW – FIRST IMPRESSION ON QUATRO THRUSTERS LS 102/82 (2013)
I recently bought the Quatro Thrusters LS 102 and 82 after 7 years of sailing Starboard (Evo’s 90/75, Quad 87/74). Before that time I was sailing custom-boards for a long time. After some problems with the durability of my SB Quads I decided to try something new, thinking about Goya Quads (104 and 84) and Quatro Quads (110 and 84) as they ‘ve shown great results on the tests of last year (2012). I got caught by the new Quatro Thrusters LS after speaking with Jamie Knox on our Brandon Bay-trip about the advantages of thrusters, reading the website of Quatro and getting some advice from Jeroen Boelema from the Essential Store who is also distributing both brands in the Benelux. I decided to give it a go, after consulting one of my surfbuddies (Griff) who also switched from SB to a Quatro Thruster 82. So, after making a great deal with Jeroen Boelema, two brand new boards are shining in my living room waiting to get punished! A 102 floater to ride waves in minimal conditions and a 82 as my do-it-all-board form 5,4 to 4,0 overpowered.
My profile; I’m 86 kilos, I’m quite experienced, sailing mainly at the Northsea (Scheveningen/Wijk aan Zee) for 25 years and try to stick about 100 sessions a year since I moved to Scheveningen 4 years ago. I love waveriding, I am able to go down the line and into the pocket with some aerials now and then. I’m close to sticking backloops and love to jump also but more in a controlled way. I use a quiver of NP Atlas 6,2/5,4/4,7/4,0 from 17 to 40+ knots.
On the land; the boards look radical in my opinion, they look quite small with a nice pintail. Soft but strong pads and nice, quite small but high straps compared to the wide Drake straps of my SB. They feel light and look exclusive, somebody really took care to make them look ‘swag’. The bottom has some big double concaves almost all the way to the tail which has a slight V as I see it. The colour is personal, I got used to the wood of SB and this is something else. The longer I look, the more I love them ;)!
On the water; I sailed the 102 three times now in underpowered conditions with 5,4 and in well powered conditions with 6,2. THE BOARD IS F*CKING AMAZING!!! I was a SB-fan for years but compared to my 87 Quads (I had the 2011 and 2012 version) it planes faster, floats better and feels as small as a sub-90 liters board. On the wave it accelerates when you pressure the rail, speeding up the bottom turn. As my Quad felt a little sluggish in slow waves the Quatro feels light and alive which gives me more speed when going for the topturn. And then? 100+ liters in a topturn? NO PROBLEM!!! The board turns on a dime when riding the backfoot and carves and grips when spraying and going down the line, truly amazing. The volume is great though, making it a great low wind wave machine but a nice bump-and-jumper also when powered up. No problem for me riding this baby up to 23-25 knots with 5,4 and 2m+ waves just as I hoped for. Even a bigger sail 6,7 or so is no problem I think, making the range even bigger.
I only sailed the 82 once last week (big sunday 28 november 2012) in overpowered 4,0 conditions with gusts up to 45 knots and more. As the low end of the 102 is just as I hoped for, so is the high end of my 82. With strong winds and with waves increasing up to logo high, the board never seemed to loose control, staying easy to control and well balanced. I had a lot of problems making smooth gybes in overpowered conditions with my quads (87 and 74), it felt like they were overfinned, lifting the board and breaking out in the turns. The Quatro stays on the rail like you switch to auto pilot. I never made so many easy gybes in 40 knots wind. On the wave the same as the 102 but with the advantage of a little smaller board, tighter carving turns going down the line. You can really push this board and it feels very confident and easy. In the air it felt the same as my SB quad 74 which was great jumping-machine when powered up. But….the 82 planes much, much faster giving me more waves. It definitely fits better with my 86 kilos where the 74 SB quad was a little small. My crossover sail is 5,4 now, making my range bigger. Man, I’m in love with these boards, now they only have to take the beatings and be strong enough to last me a long time!! Time will tell.
You can find all details on the Essential Store website.
I had a sweet session last weekend with the Quatro Thruster 102 in some perfect sideshore conditions and waist to shoulder high waves.
Here’s some video footage of that day.
And a second impression of the 102 during a supersweet-session last week;
Do you want more Quatro reviews? Then why not check out the Quatro Quad LS (2013) review.