Saw Pete and Russ riding the new OES quad in big swell last weekend at Kuau
It looked to crank up wind and turned super vertical on the wave face .Just checked the website www.oesaustralia.com and saw a new post about this new design.
Nice looking quads good to see he has kept the fins bunched together, I like the anti weed outline of the larger fins.
Getting things up and running again here in Oz after 6 months on Maui developing the New OES Quads and buliding boards.We did a lot of testing of our new quads to make sure they were not over fined and cause too much drag compaired to a Twin fin and a Single wave board.
We have kept the basic design of the twin as we know this worked well, so these boards can be reto fitted into a twin fin if the condition and your sail style better suits.
We have add two 55mm finely foiled front fins to add more drive and control in chopier condition without stiffering / dulling the ride too much.
These boards truck up wind better as you can push harder with your back foot upwind without fear of spinout.
The ride is very smooth in turns and can be pushed alot harder at the top of the wave again without fear of the fins letting go in the whitewater
We feel these boards have better range of use, with these extra fins in both cross shore and on shore sailing conditions. The better holding power make it easier to go more vertical on the wave face.
The board looks impresssive, the graphics are good, but it is when you flip the board over & run the level down the rockerline, is when the heart really starts beating.
Keep up the good work.
PWA sailor Nick Warmuth nickwarmuth.blogspot.com/ on Maui.
What's up guys. Thanks for letting me try out the 75 Quad . I really liked it. It bottom turns nice, comes off the top well, and I didn't feel like I needed to adjust my sailing to ride it. I would definitely like to get on it when the waves are a little better though.
I had a chance to ride the quad today in light wind and big waves. logo-mast+ waves, very light side-on wind. It was a very good session, mostly bob and catch waves. The board rips in light stuff. I felt like I was on a surfboard. This is gonna be my light wind killer for the winter season. I would be interested in trying a smaller version, around 69-72L for the windier days.
I tried MF fins both yesterday and today. Yesterday was powered up side-on mast to mast and half waves. The mfc fins are stiff, fairly upright and pretty thick foiled. I am mixed on these fins. They definitely gave the board more holding power, however the early planing did suffer as they feel slightly more draggy. The downside is also, they were not as loose. The board felt really drivey like when the front fins were more forward, but I could not go vertical on the face easily. I liked the extra hold, but did not like the loss of looseness. Your new design are the ticket. The original set that I was running on , are super quick , however felt slightly nervous in the big stuff, but really good in head to logo high stuff.
This shows how easy it is to over fin these new quads.
The first set of OES fins were 65mm for the front and 15cm on the back fins with both super fined foils ,to reduce drag a much as possiable and not lose the loose feel that our twin fin gave .While this worked well for sub logo high swell, I felt we need to increase the holding power of these fins in the larger surf without adding too much more drag and lift, so I designed both a 13 cm and 14cm back fin which had a slightly thicker foil of 2mm extra thickness. This is still a thinner foil compaired to the MFC but the same depth.
While cm/3 surface area and depth of fins give a rough guide to fin size it tell you zero about foils shape and on water performace.Thicker foiled fins add more lift and holding power at lower speed but at a cost of drag.It a fine balance to finding the right amount of lift and holding power at speed which out killing the performace of these boards with too much drag.
So why add more then one fins to a wave board? Basicly we are spliting the total surface area of a single fin and placing it in differant area's on the tail that will help you hold , turn faster and go upwind with a lot less back foot pressure. The small 65mm front fins on the the quads are all that is needed to help achieve this. As it only there to help the back fins to hold throught the turn better by constantly leading the back fin in the direction of the turn.The front fins is slightly in front of your back foot which again helps you direct the turn.Unlike surfboard quads ,which have the same size fins on all four fins there is alot more side ways pressure from the sail and leg pressure so the back fins have to be larger and behind the back foot slighty to balance this. This adds more balance and drive without the need to constantly trim the turn with back foot pressure as on a single fin .
The smaller depth fin on a quad also stops the fins wanting to hydroplane out of the water once the rail has been set at high speed and causing the board to start bouncing throught turns .
The twins and now the Quad have and will make it a lot easier for a great range of people to wave sail better, and more importantly enjoy it for the first time ,with the board finally going where the rider directs it !!
OES is super pleased to welcome Maui /PWA Sailor Nick Warmuth to our test team.
After testing our Quads for the last two month on Maui he has order two more boards a Quad 72L and Quad 80L for the coming season.
Sailed the Quad 75 today in 20+ foot surf. Winds were light onshore 5.0 for me. The board performed quite well for the conditions. It was extremely challenging and I was the only person to sail the North Shore, other than at Kanaha where it was much smaller. I caught a couple bombs, but it was mostly close-outs. Still fun, and the board gave me confidence bottom turning under huge lips. It did not slip at all, even on some of the bouncier waves.
Cheers, totally stoked
Double Mast Kuau
I just got back from sailing huge Kuau. The wind was crazy, almost straight offshore and very gusty. I managed to sneak out through a break in the sets and caught a couple waves. I got one of the best rides I have ever had at Kuau. It had to be close to double mast high. The wave was a bit bumpy and breaking really fast, but I was able to keep up. I had a gps box on my board recording data as well. My top speed, which had to be on that wave was 35mph. The board held on really well considering what I was riding on. There were some bumps on the wave, and I had to chop hop one or two of them on the way down the face. Holy ****!! I am glad I didn't spin out at the bottom of that one. Probably wouldn't be here typing now. The Board is rocking in the big stuff!
Riding the Quad 75 Before the Tsunami
This morning I was woken up on Maui’s North Shore with sirens blaring at 6AM. I checked the news and it said there was a Tsunami on the way, generated by a massive earthquake in Chile measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale. Thankfully, the Tidal Waves were rather small, and nothing serious came of it on the Hawaiian islands.
Yesterday, I rode giant waves that were much bigger than the Tsunami. My estimate from the biggest one that I caught would be double mast high! Conditions were very difficult with the wind blowing nearly straight offshore, and most of the waves were closing out across the reef. I was lucky to get out and catch a few before I got cleaned up by a big set. I had a long swim for my gear while I ducked mast high white water. Fortunately when I tracked my gear down, it was unscathed. I was pretty tired, but I wanted to catch one more. I tried and tried for about 30 minutes to get back out doing chicken jibe after chicken jibe, when the waves finally opened up to let me through.
Giampaolo stopped by and took a couple pictures of my efforts. You can check out all of his shots on his blog at www.mauisurfreport.blogspot.com. Check ‘em out and see the size waves we were out in. I was glad to return to the beach without any broken pieces, myself or my gear. Not everyone was so lucky. My friend Art broke a mast and tore his sail, but he made it back in safely. That was one crazy session.
Here are some more shots from Kuau and Ho'okipa.
Russ Quad 75
Photo taken by Kevin Pritchard at Ho'okipa
Here's a look at our 105 L Quad L 241cm x w 63.5cm , just sent one to Melbourne and one to Adelaide
All our Quads have the option to be retro fitted into twins with the finbox blanks , but most guys are running them on the Quad set up.
The Board is rocking in the big stuff!
A closer look at our Quad fins
Hi Guys,I,ve been riding brand new boards every summer in Geraldton W.A.for the last twenty years that I've owned Sailwest and now that I've sold the shop I'm using boards that will outlast and out perform anything that gets pumped out of a factory in asia,OES boards have been proven to be the strongest (15 years and NO warrentys claims) and I have 3 OES boards in my quiver of 5 boards.I'm not on any special deals with Peter so I have to pay just like everybody else.I've seen first hand the research and development that goes into OES and because Peter has a worksop on Maui the boards are the cutting edge in shape and design,having also seen what happens to a HUGE majority of the production boards on the market I reckon that OES should be one of the biggest.Pete's twinnies and quads are right up there in design and construction and if anybody is in the market for a new board then check these guys out!! My other two boards are Naish's which is another brand that puts people before profit.The way it works at the factory where most production boards are made is you get what you pay for so most companies want their boards made as cheaply as possible so they can sell them for as much as possible,of course OES,Naish,Fanatic and Exocet want to make money as well but they don't believe in "built in obsolescence".If anybody wants any advice on these boards email me thru seabreeze,I'm not the best sailor out there but I like having the best gear!
Hi Rob I've never written anything on a Exocet forum!? what website is it attached to ?