Equipment Testing

Quatro Tempo

 

2011

Quatro Tempo

Quatro 9

Loose

Directional

Easy User Range

Advanced User Range

on the beach

The Quatro Tempo was the first dedicated ‘onshore’ twin-fin on the market, and remains unchanged for 2011 apart from a stylish reworking of the graphics. It sits in the Quatro wave range alongside the Levi Siver and Keith Teboul signature quad-fin ranges.

We’ve had plenty of time on twin-fin boards over the past three years, but stepping onto the Tempo it’s clear that, in a straight line, there is still something quite unique about this board. Most twin-fins feel somewhat ‘planted’ in the water and don’t drive so well off the fins, but the Tempo has a much more single-fin feel to it, with plenty of release and drive from the fins and tail of the board. This is particularly noticeable when underpowered, as the Tempo continues to provide plenty of drive to push against and keep the board going.

The Tempo is an extremely comfortable and easy board to ride. It has really good control at the top end (best in test), benefiting from the twin-fin set up, but also combined with one of the best ‘get up go’ performances of the whole group. With the extra bite the Tempo makes good progress upwind, but is also very stable when headed broad to gather speed for a jump or simply avoid white water, etc.

It’s important on the Tempo to ensure that the mast track is far enough back. As we found previously with the smaller model, about a third from the back of the track was actually working better than the middle for most conditions, allowing the shoulders to release a bit more and making the board looser in feel.

Onshore riding is extremely good, scoring best in test (jointly) for novice and intermediate riders, while still right up there for more advanced riding. The Tempo maintains speed through the turns, is adaptable to front and back foot turning styles, and possesses that snappy, tight top turn for which twin-fins are famed.

In cross-shore riding conditions the Tempo is still able to hold its own against most boards in this group, but advanced riders will start to notice the width and voluminous rails making the board feel a little stiffer and more clumsy than rivals such as the Fanatic and Goya, for example. This is particularly noticeable on bigger and faster waves, where the Tempo can start to get a little bouncy in the bottom turn.

The Tempo is fantastic in bump-&-jump conditions, where again it scores top of this group. Its straight line speed and comfort, combined with great jumping and manoeuvrability, make it a perfect, playful combination for those windy choppy days at the coast.

The Tempo feels one of the bigger boards in this group underfoot. At the lower end of the wind spectrum it can take sails up to 5.7m, while at the top end a 4.5m was still comfortable in cross-on conditions, but in cross-shore you start to notice the board’s width.

 

target buyer

Superb all-round performance in cross-on conditions, combining great riding ability with the best straight-line performance of any twin-fin we’ve sailed so far. Advanced riders will start to feel it a little stiff in proper cross-shore conditions, but for cross-on it shines for all levels of rider from novice to advanced.