This big boy quad is the second generation in Gionni's quest for a floaty yet maneuverable short board. He got a good 5 years out of his last one so he was due. This time around we added some tail rocker to give it a tighter turning radius.
We also used the Simon Anderson quad fins for more grip and drive and, in Gionni's words, "I'm loving the new board. It turns great and can still move down the line when I want it to. Stoked!"
Ernie from US Blanks was delivering foam yesterday. As he was pulling blanks from the truck, I saw this blank and thought, "what the heck is that thing for?"
So I did a little research and found out the blank was for legendary shaper and forward thinker Joel Woods. Joel is best known for the Intruder series he did for O'Neills in the 60s. He also created a variety of asymmetrical shapes and foils that suited the right point breaks here in Santa Cruz.
This blank is for a reproduction of one of those shapes. I can't wait to see how the thing turns out. For me the blank in it's raw form, with it's balsa outrigger and offset stringers, stands on it's own. It really starts one thinking of the possibilities of wood, foam, and fun.