The Quatro Tempo was launched in 2010 and was the first dedicated ‘onshore’ twin-fin on the market. As testament to its success, it has remained unchanged in shape right through to 2012. We previously tested and very much liked the 76 and 84L versions, so we were looking forward to getting our hands on the 92. The Tempo sits in the Quatro wave range alongside the Levi Siver and Keith Teboul signature quad-fin ranges.
Looking at the Tempo in detail, it’s the longest board in test but also one of the narrowest. The tail width is actually the narrowest in test (jointly with the Fanatic). It is also the only twin-fin within this test group. The footstraps and pads are very good and the board comes supplied as standard with high quality G10 MFC LS fins.
There is still something special about the way the Tempo rides, and the 92 is definitely no exception. 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.
When it comes to get-up-and-go, heavier riders did notice that it took slightly more wind than some to get the Tempo onto the plane, but once planing it accelerated extremely well and was able to stay planing longer than most.
The Tempo is an extremely comfortable and easy board to ride – arguably the best in test here. 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.
As we found with the other sizes of Tempo, it’s important to ensure that the mast-track is far enough back. 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 for intermediate as well as advanced riders. The Tempo has a very loose feel, is adaptable to front and back foot turning styles and possesses the snappy, tight top turn that twin-fins are noted for. The rails feel very soft and safe, offering plenty of confidence. If there’s a chink in the Tempo’s armour, it’s in the bottom and backside turns for more advanced riders (particularly lighter ones), where the board needs to be snapped around hard to engage the rail quickly and get drive from the board.
The top turn was extremely good for all levels, with the tail releasing easily and whipping around in a very controlled manner.
Lighter riders did like the looser feel of the twin-fin Tempo on the wave, finding it easier to initiate a turn on compared to some of the quads. For bump-and-jump use the Tempo scores top of the group thanks to its straight line performance, comfort, jumping abilities and manoeuvrability, making it a great board for those windy, choppy days at the coast. It’s actually a pretty good competitor for many freewave boards.
Weight (bare): 6.99kg
Weight (complete): 7.9kg
Fins: 2 – 16.5cm
Range sizes: 76, 84, 92
Even into its third year of production the Quatro Tempo remains a fantastic all-round waveboard and extremely competitive within this test group. In a straight line the performance is arguably the best in test, with one of the easiest, most exciting and comfortable rides we have experienced in a waveboard. On the wave it has a very loose, flowing and safe feel, resulting in a board that will appeal to both heavy and light riders alike, and is suitable for anything from bump-and-jump to cross-shore riding.