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Ray Timm
8th July 2009, 12:07 PM
I sailed a Quad 76 wood-carbon today in the Gorge with a 5.0. Wind was in the mid 20s with occasional stronger gusts. It is everything it is cracked up to be. It goes exactly where you point it without losing any speed on the swell. I thought it might be a bit sticky getting up on plane, but that wasn't the case at all. A little pump and away you go. The board handles big gusts and being overpowered really well. I was a bit worried about the 57.5 width being a bit big for really powered up conditions, but it handles it as well as my E75-09. I think it is one of the best gybing waveboards I've ridden since it carries the speed through the gybe in the same way it reacts on the wave. Gorge sailing is classic bump/jump conditions and I never felt I should have a single fin today. It was plenty fast enough.

The comments and observations by the Starboard crew are spot on.

I'm 85 kg.

Unregistered
9th July 2009, 01:51 AM
Was it a demo? If so, who has them in the Gorge?

Ray Timm
9th July 2009, 10:26 AM
It isn't a demo. I'm the Middle East distributor for Starboard and ordered it when I received notice that it would replace the Evo.

Ola_H
18th July 2009, 03:39 AM
Good report Ray. I've sailed my Quads also (all except the 66) and i agree the 76 is very sweet and that you don't really notice the extra width. Both the 71 and 81 have been super inspiring to sail also, but the 76 to me is something special. I can't wait to get it out in more demanding conditions.

wavehobbit
19th July 2009, 11:58 PM
Ok Starboard...I challenge you to make the quad in a real world wave size.....f100ish liters for us mainlanders and how about just extrapolating the exact shape up to 125 liters and I'll use it as a shlogging wave machine/SUP? Dare Ya!!!! And if that doesn't I'll beg.