“Super-loose – you just twitch your toe and it goes where you want it to go”
“It looks big and feels big, but doesn’t actually sail that big, which is great”
“Has that soft, loose, easygoing RRD feel to it, although it’s harder to really engage a rail on a bigger wave”
As always, the RRD is a classy looking product. Pads, straps and fins are high quality and the overall look of the board is very good. Please note that as our test board was one of the first in the run, it should actually have a yellow deck not a black-and-white one!
The RRD is one of the longer boards in the group at 224.5cm, and one of the widest at 56cm. Tail width is also second widest at 34cm. The weight is heaviest of the group (marginally heavier than the Quatro), yet on the water the RRD still has a spritely feel to it, so appears to get away with it. The choice to use four US finboxes is probably the biggest contributing factor to the weight , but comes with the added benefit of more tuning options.
When we tested RRD’s Twin (82) two years ago we loved it for its soft, loose and playful feel. This new Quad seems to be a great replacement for that board, offering the same loose, soft and fun riding characteristics with much improved straight-line performance.
It gets up and going incredibly well (best in the group), and impressively manages to look like and have the advantages of a big board, but sails like a much smaller board with great control at the top end and a very loose feel. This gives it one of the broadest sail carrying ranges of the group. It has quite a rounded nose and feels very compact in a straight line, accelerating quickly, and is jointly the most exciting ride of the group. Many of the quad-fins feel quite sedate and planted in the water in a straight line, but this RRD really flies off the tail with a very ‘free’ feeling. It’s one of the quickest upwind and one of the first to plane.
On the wave it has that smooth, soft and almost ‘luxurious’ feel that’s becoming a trademark of RRD boards. It never feels even close to catching an edge and makes poor conditions feel like fun with its incredibly loose, smooth, flowing style. It also holds speed well through the turns and seems to accelerate through the top turn, making it easy to link several turns together.
Perhaps the most impressive characteristic of this board is how loose it feels on the wave. You can initiate a turn with the twitch of a toe and have full control to put the board exactly where you want it.
There is a slight downside to this soft, loose feel though. In better waves it isn’t as comfortable to do a rail-driven turn. Advanced riders who know how to drive a rail hard on a proper cross-shore wave will probably find it a little soft. Spreading the fins and moving the track a little further forward does help to engage more rail, but you lose a noticeable amount of tight turning potential, and generally it just doesn’t feel as comfortable in this style of turn. In proper steep waves and cross-shore conditions the tail can also be a little short of grip in the top turn. But to put this into perspective, this is for very advanced sailors in very good conditions – for all other levels of rider and conditions this board is really top notch. Those not catered for by the Cult should check out the Hardcore.
The RRD Wave Cult Quad is a fantastic performer, and has quite a unique feel within this group that will be liked by a lot of people. It has jointly the best straight-line performance of the group and an incredibly loose, soft and flowing feel on the wave. It’s very easy to sail, and suitable for all levels of rider in onshore and a wide range of conditions. Advanced riders may find it a little too soft and prefer the Hardcore in cross-shore and bigger waves.
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