KITE SURFING TESTIMONIALS

Carew

James Carew – Current World No 2 / GKA Pro Tour

If you love going fast, blowing out sections and driving through upside down barrels, you’ve found the right fin. These wizards have created a fin that stops flat spots in your surfing, generating and holding speed through all sections, subsequently turning a shitty day into a really fun surf. The freedom you gain on waves surfing with Quobbas in your board is unparalleled, I haven’t gone back to a regular fin since putting them in.

Roderick Pijls / Professional Kitesurfer

Hope everything is fine on your side. My name is Roderick Pijls, professional kitesurfer, and I got advised my Peter Bacon and Ryan Cracker to get in touch with you.

I’ve been seeing the Quobba fins around for some time and eventually I got the chance to test them, just before my world cup competition in Mauritius, and I just kept them on for the rest of the competition. It felt so natural and the drive is just something different.

Johanna Catharina Edin / Professional Kitesurfer

Thank you so much again, I love the fins!!!!

“Since I started riding Quobba fins it has completely change my style in kiting.

I feel a huge difference in my riding after changing to Quobba fins, I used to ride with larger size fins which comes together with my kitesurf-board but after the change to the Q medium thrusters it have helped me find a better grip to generate a faster and more vertical bottom turn. Which helps me to easy hit the pocket and in the same time gives me a good control and flow while realise the fins.

I can really recommend this fins for more female shredders!”

Ralph Boelen / Professional Kitesurfer

Hey there,

I am Ralph Boelen, first french kitesurf champion and 5th GKA championship, I have been testing your fins from a good friend of mine James Carew, and I really fell in love with it for my kitesurf sessions.

I would be really stoke to promote them from my side if in exchange I could get a few set.

Please let me know what you think, hopefully we can work out something.

My social media profile:

https://www.instagram.com/ralph.boelen_ukf/?hl=fr

All the best!

Ralph

Ry Blakeney

I love playing around and riding lots of different shape surfboards- it keeps things interesting for me . But there,s never been any fins that you get that feeling from- only ever been quite subtle feeling changes, like a different size fin or a different flex in the material etc. Until now no fins have made a difference to my surfing as these fins have. they feel so fast and make all more boards feel like they come alive in no way they have before- makes me never want to go back to the fins i used to ride, I’m now hooked.
These fins have really got me frothing on surfing again, I’m making sections i never would of normally been able to make surfing and for kitesurfing the hold through turns is crazy, gives you that extra grip when turning against your kite! do yourself a favour and get your hands on some, you won’t regret it

Charlie Wise

Charlie Wise – Pro Kite Surfer / GKA Tour

I first tried the orange Quobba fins surfing at a right hand point break in Morocco. They were insane how down the line and quick they were, and
i also found they had perfect release on my backhand. I fell in love with them, especially when i started kiting on them.
When the new larger yellow versions came out this year i was frothing. I had been kiting on the smaller ones but found they were a bit small for me when the surf got bigger. I knew the larger ones would be all-time. As a kiter you want fins that allow you to hold your rail when you want and release when you want. This is exactly what Quobbas do and is one of the best feelings in kiting. The flow you get from these fins turn to turn is unreal!
I’m not exactly sure how the foil concept works on the fins, but it certainly works. I never thought fins could make such a difference in speed on the waves until i tried the Quobbas. The moto “The faster you go the faster you go” makes sense after using them.
Cheers,
Charlie.

Mike Bergman

I have just come back from a few weeks up in Gnaraloo and used the fins in my surfboards and kite board.

I am a fairly average surfer but did feel the difference the fins offered. Definitely made the board more responsive and definitely felt like I was able to generate more speed with them to get around some of the sections I would normally not expect to get around.

I am a fairly experienced kitesurfer and have been involved in product testing for a kite company in the past.
The fins definitely improved the performance of the board I had them on. Normally I run the board with a med FCS fin in a tri fin set up with a small rear fin to loosen the tail up. This allows me to do what I want off the top but compromises the stability through drawn-out bottom turns.

I used the board with the Quobba fins in a range of conditions ranging from 4 foot face waves to 15 foot face waves. The std Quobba set had a similar looseness as my normal set up but gave a lot more stability in the drawn out bottom turns. Another benefit I felt was that with marginal winds the board was more inclined to get on the plane sooner allowing me to use it in lighter winds. One observer commented that I was pointing higher into the wind than the other kiters even though I hadn’t really noticed this myself.

Without doing direct comparison runs in the same conditions with the two different set ups ( which is what I used to do when testing) I would say that the board definitely felt better all round and I definitely prefer it to my previous set up.
I did briefly try them on a SUP but I normally have a quad set up and had to use the Quobba fins in the tri fin configuration which I didn’t like. Keen to try a quad set up when you release your larger sized fin.

Hope this info is of some help, if you want any more specifics or details I am happy to try and help.

Congratulations on what you guys have achieved, I really believe that you have been able to achieve an increased performance.

Cheers Mike

Smook

Jeff – Smook Kite Boards

I love the fins.

Now that I’ve used the fins in down the line waves I will be recommending with my boards.

I already have 5 riders on them. Cheers – Jeff

Doc Phil

Wow! I have been kiting since the 90’s so have lived (in hindsight sometimes only just!) through a lot of changes and innovations. Predominantly kite design and more recently with boards. Up until recently we have been using modified surfboards. There are some unique aspects of kiting that challenge these traditional designs.

My understanding is that until now, fin design has not been looked at.

Being 89kg and coming from a windsurfing background I prefer a powered strapped in setup and love driving powered bottom turns. One problem I have alway encountered has been finding a fin that can withstand the forces involved. Invariably I end up snapping the toe side thruster in the middle of the turn. Finding a fin that can do the job in the past has resulted in a stiff wooden feeling and impossible to break out or snap a turn. A frustrating compromise Until now…..

I use a Quad setup on an RRD Cotan 5”2’ and 5’4” I have now been using these fins for 4 months.

From the first time I used them I felt Control; incredible grip in those all important bottom turns and driving through wind blown chop. Speed; they are very fast onto the plane and their reduced drag let’s you point much higher upwind.

This means better light wind performance and easier getting through the sucky cavitating white water.
Loose; unbelievable when you consider what I said above but when you exit the bottom turn and project up the face, with a subtle shift in weight you can break out the fins for tail first slide or project a tweaked aerial landing back on the face tail or nose first with confidence and just do it again all day.

The Performance of these fins is amazingly intuitive, They seem to know what you’re thinking! So much so it has been hard for me to break it down, so I have focused on what I am doing well or better.

At 55years old that’s worth the price of a set of fins!

I am confident that whatever your style, skill or confidence level you will improve with these bad boys!

Cheers Doc Phil

Jake Gordon

Hey Ben

Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been in Gnarloo and Exmouth for the last month.
I got to use the fins quite a bit both surfing and kitesurfing.

So far they seem really good, probably more noticeable in bigger waves- I found they held you to the water and you could really drive off your bottom turns. When kiting they were awesome in the chop you could notice the hold in the tail. If you hit a bit of a bump on the wave or a bit of foam they seam to grip and suck you down.

If I had to be picky I do notice that they are a bit harder to release the tail while doing a snappy turn or you wanted to slide the tail out. But once you’re aware of it you just adjust to suit.
I did hit the reef a full speed on two separate sessions, both times I thought they were going to explode. All they got was a little ding the first time and the second time the fin pulled out of the box chipping out a bit where the screw goes in. A glass fin would have been destroyed! The first time I was pretty happy because I was 3km off shore so would have ruined my kite.

All in all very pleased with them so far, I bigger size could be good in bigger surf ( I heard they’re in the works) and maby a quad set up would be good.

Keep up the good work there awesome.

Cheers
Jake

Dave Thomas

Hey Ben, I haven’t ridden them nearly as much as I would have hoped yet. I’m a kiter & not a surfer really so my experience so far has been totally kitesurfing, only fresh water lakes, and not really great swell although 1 day had good swell for an inland Montana lake….more like really big chop.

I’m a decent kiter but far from expert by any means. I ride strapless & my only board is a Firewire Vader.

I did notice a difference right away. I would say faster & more fluid. I really like them so far. I’m sure you were hoping for a more detailed feedback with lots of techy discussion. I’m afraid I’m probably not skilled enough to notice some of the more nuanced gains the fins offer but they are noticeably better than my carbon fiber g-5’s I had been using. I can’t wait to get them in real surf.

Hopefully soon! Regards -Dave

The fins do give an extra drive to the board and slight amount of rear lift we pushing down the line. Would be interested in a larger set, if these become available.

Pete Bacon

Yep been loving the fins……

Mainly for kiting, had a great trip to Peru and worked great.

I found them great especially in light winds.

And I will actually be buying another set in the next week or so for a mate in England .

Pete Bacon
General Manager
Bannisters Port Stephens

John Gourley

I do like the fins very much but at the moment I have upgraded my equipment and now only have Future fin set up on SUP and kite boards.

I should get an adapter to be able to use them. Thanks for reminding me.

Thoughts- It is a premium product from the box and bag. Are these necessary as some people may be put off by the price. They certainly work though and I am a convert. Just about to try foiling so this will be another challenge.

Thanks for the email and I hope that you guys do well.

Best Wishes-John Gourley