The Quatro Tempo was the first dedicated ‘onshore’ twin fin on the market. It sits in the Quatro wave range alongside the Rhythm (Sideshore bias) and Quad (quad fin wave board).
- You may also be interested to check out our full comparison test on these three models here: Quatro comparison test.
We have had plenty of time on twin fin boards over the past 2 years, but stepping onto the Tempo it’s clear that in a straight line, there is something quite unique about this board. Most twin fins feel somewhat ‘planted’ in the water and don’t drive so well off the fins. The Tempo however, 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 (benefiting from the twin fin set up), but also 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. We found that 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. The Tempo maintains speed through the turns, is adaptable to front and back foot turning styles and possesses that snappy, tight top turn that twin fins are noted for. It's noticeable that compared to the Rhythm, the Tempo can’t be driven quite as tightly through the bottom turn and off the top it doesn’t grip and carve in the same way, feeling like more of a snap off the tail in comparison. The Rhythm however, is a more technical board to sail and doesn’t hold speed as well through the turns. Compared to almost everything else in this group, the Tempo has turning ability to match or out perform all of its rivals in cross-on conditions.
In sideshore 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 volumous rails making the board feel a little more clumsy than rivals such as the Rhythm, Fanatic and JP. This is particularly noticeable on bigger and faster waves where the Tempo can start to get a little bouncy in the bottom turn.
Superb all-round performance in cross-on conditions combining great riding ability with the best straightline performance of any twin fin we have sailed so far. Advanced riders will prefer the Quatro Rhythm in side shore conditions, but the Tempo is less technical to sail and is likely to appeal more to intermediate riders in these conditions.