Quad surfboard by Sunnyside at synchro-link

Synchro-Quad bottom

If this board can't catch a wave, nothing will.
It ended up being 2 11/16" thick and holds it pretty well.

Extra thick and wide for less than perfect waves.
April 20, 2016:

5'10.5" x 13.75" x 20 1/8" x 15 7/8" x 2 11/16"
       It's got a thick nose, but the tail thins down quite a bit. And believe it or not, there are a lot of people who like the way I left the nose a little thicker on my boards. I guess there are many out there who had broken noses on there boards before. (Like I did once, to a new one, on the second day of using it.)
       On this Quad's nose, it looks real thick because it's actually crowned at the stringer but from 6" back the rails are not any more than 1/16" thicker than my old Quad and at 6"back the concave starts to happen so looking at it from the side is deceiving.
       There are those who noticed the unique nose shape on the Kuh Plunker.
       Well the fact of the matter, none of my templates fit, so I took the flyer nose and increased the angle from the point by a degree or two and blended it into the rail. I didn't want a hybrid nose because they tend to bounce in choppy stuff and just moving a pointed performance nose back would have left me with a board with all the lift at the rear of the board. With my own nose design, my side rail was able sustain some length and still kept the widest point of the board behind the center, which is something I feel you need if you want a back foot board. And to in my opinion, if the widest point of the board isn't behind the center, it is not a Quad. Something that differentiates a Quad from a twin fin, (in my opinion of course.
       And one thing I did differently than most shapers is that I didn't use two templates laid out on the blank. I made a one piece template, end to end so that front would fit to the rear better. Also just by off-setting it on the blank I was able to draw lines for tapering the rails evenly.
       I can't actually say that the rails are like everyone else's user friendly shape. The fact of the matter, is the first thing one will notice when carrying the board is how the rails in the middle third of the board have a squared feeling to them. It was an end result in leaving the bottom edge a bit shaper than normal and from tapering the deck down to thin out the rails. What I got by doing this is that the board should hold onto a wall and grab a faster turn but still hold the board up when you plant the rail into a weak wave where you need thickness in a rail to keep it afloat.
       As for the rocker: It's about the same as my old Quad. A little less in front to help it catch bigger waves and possibly a little more out the back since there is little bit more "V" off the rear of it.
       The bottom and out the back it has a single to double concave. At the middle of the from fins it's actually a mild double concave even across, -to a light Vee off the tail.
       The widest spot is about 1 inch back from the center.
       As for the glassing, this time I went with a 4 and 6 oz. on top and a 4 oz s-glass on the bottom.

Quad rocker

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I'm thinking Kah-plunker:
Rule Numbers- 35, 41 & 55

I think it's the appropriate name for my new board.
I bet when people see the nose sticking out of the water they will be thinking that it's sort of an old twin fin design with a modern twist.

April 10th, 2016:
Being thick as it is, any old man will think they can just turn around at the last moment and dunk the tail down and Kah-plunk the thing right into a wave.
       I figure it will probably be just about right for a guy who weighs 20-40 pounds more then myself and I had that in mind because I gave some thought of what would sell in the used board rack.
       Since I gave some thought to what would sell the easiest, with summer coming up and all, I decided to make a board that would be difficult to find in a used board rack because anything like it usually sells over the slim high performance board that requires a rider of about 135 pounds or less. (There's always a dozen of them everywhere.)

Wondering why I built a board for the Used board rack?
Well, I figured that if I spent my time and money on a board, to put in a surf shop as a new board:
       Kelly Slater would have one of those Firewire bums go into th surf shop and plant there thumbs in the bottom of any new board I'd consign to a surf shop and no one is really thrilled to buy a new board with a couple dents in it right off the rack.
       It would end up sitting there and I'd end up having to sell it for about the same price as a board I'd rode myself for a month or two. So that's pretty much my plan. I figure I'll keep making myself a new board every month and when I have a full Quiver and I don't have room of any more, I'll just have to figure out which one I can part with. (Probably the one I'd be shaping next, or have another one already.)
       Therefore I stayed with the standard user friendly rails everyone else uses on their boards and I took advantage of the MB blank with a shit load of foam and left it at 2-11/16" thick. (I figure it's probably 35 liters in volume.)
       The thing looked so bulky at first, it reminded me of that bag of glue I had, -so I spent some extra time and tapered the rails down to more of a performance size because the one thing I can't stand is a board that will roll on you. However, I'm still concerned whether I left too much foam in the tail, which could throw the whole balance off when paddling, but that's something that you have to except when its the first one which should be considered a proto-type. (It's the only thing that had been troubling me, now that its painted and all because things always look different with a fresh set of eyes.)

I managed to keep the tail at the size of my old Quad, but the Swallow tail cut out is a little more exaggerated and just cooler looking.
I didn't want it too fast so I made it with a little less area so that I can still put on the brakes, even though the board ends up a little wider from the hips forward at 20 1/8" .
       As for the glassing, this time I went with a 4 and 6 oz. on top and a 4 oz s-glass on the bottom.
       As for the rocker: It's about the same as my old Quad. A little less in front to help it catch bigger waves and possibly a little more out the back since there is little bit more "V" off the rear of it.

I'm becoming more accustomed to how a power planner works on a piece of foam.
       So this time I shaped a board in a fraction of the time it took on the last one.
       This time in just one session I shaped the board and painted some stuff on both sides of the board.
       I've got a few more ideas on how I'm going to speed up the process the next time.
       First off is that I will be using the planner more because I'll probably use the same blank and I'll know what I can take off of it before hand.
       I'm also going to use some EPP foam, (the kind RC Gliders and bodyboards are made from,) and I'm going to make Rail shape templates, so making the rails the same on both sides will be easier and faster if I have something to check them with.
       Then there is a number things I can do to speed up the painting process too.
       I figure I found a good use for one of my roller tool boxes with a lift-out tray too, because just a Rubbermaid tote just becomes a mess and it's wasting my time.

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Synchro-Quad by Sunnyside

TexFlex Quad surfboard fins

I didn't shape a new board this month, but I did pickup some Texflex fins for the back of the Kah Plunker:
       I figured that they would make it more consistent, and no doubt they put some drive and control into the board.
       Even though they are smaller at 10.73 they have larger bases and they seem just right with the AM1's in front. I just hope I don't need to go to EA's when the waves are bigger and then I won't have to switch fins around.
       Honestly, with the sharper rails, I think it will be just fine, because the board has plenty of grip of the rails. It just need some grip off the tail to give it drive when I need it.
       I happen to think its dialed in now, because the overall control factor is in there now. (I think the plastic ones were flexing on powerful turns which created a lot of fluctuation in the handling characteristics. Which let it unpredictable at times.)
       What's really cool is that I've already got some blue paint that will match them perfectly for when I built my next quad.

Kah-plunking her....
Two times per set.
Catching one on the inside on the way back out

April 27th, 2016:
In our typical 2 ft. she can double the wave count.
In comparison of the 6-1 bag of glue I had:
it catches and handles better in the weaker waves as if I had gotten the 6-2, but on the performance side, it's like I'd gotten the 6-0.
       It's much more at home at carving up the face and going vertical and at the same time it has more forward nose area so I can maneuver through the flatter spots.
       Early on this morning, I must have caught two for one, -compared to the other guys, so you can figure that the younger guys don't have such an advantage over me anymore. (Rule No. 55) To be honest, I'm not use to catching a wave so early and I have to tell myself to stay down a little longer before standing up. Such a difference from my other boards where I have to sit inside everyone else and take them late.
       I'm even considering switching to smaller front fins the next time the EA's are still mounted in the the Flying P.
       Although I'm still getting acquainted with the board, I think it's safe to say that I shaped a real good board for the summer.

Dennis James Sattler     a.k.a. Sunnyside

Dennis James Sattler
Shaper for Synchro-linkSurf

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December 5th, 2014
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Wooden dumpster for a Synchro-link





Caddy Trunk

quad surfboard bottom in purple

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