The basic premise of the Quickstep was to make a single fin noserider that is a more forgiving ride than an out and out traditional noserider.
The Quickstep at a glance
SIZE RANGE: 9'.0'' to 9'.6''
TYPICAL DIMENSIONS: 9'.4'' x 18''x 23''x 16''x 3''
ROCKER: Extra 1" tail kick
RAILS: 50/50 front two thirds, hard rail with step deck in tail
BOTTOM SHAPE: Nose concave with subtle vee
IDEAL CONDITIONS: Small to medium
BEST SUITED TO: Intermediate to experienced
The design in detail
We wanted faster and tighter turning arcs combined with a nice 'easy ride' feel. To achieve this we have made 5 major changes to our standard SF (Saunton Foil) template. They are 1) a wider rounded squash tail that promotes smoother lines 2) hard rails through the tail for faster release 3) an extra inch of tail rocker to fit tighter arcs 4) fin placement 3" further forward to loosen the board and finally 5) a 'step' in the deck of the tail to help promote flex through turns.
The nose is an inch narrower than the SF but otherwise it is exactly same with a deep nose concave and bladey 50/50 rails.
So quite a lot going on then but if you want a traditional noserider that is a bit more of an all-rounder than the SF this is the board for you.
Quickstep Longboard By Miranda and Katie
We love our new quicksteps!
Will gave us quality advice when we were deciding on which board to go for and made sure they were tailored to our needs and riding styles. We loved being able to design our own artwork and we were really stoked with the finished results. The guys all worked really hard over Christmas to make sure our designs looked amazing.
Since we picked them up we have not had many opportunities to ride them but they have already increased our wave count! They manoeuvre well and are really easy to turn. We have taken them in bigger surf and surprisingly, for a more traditional long board, they have coped really well.
We would definitely recommend the new 'quickstep' and all the team at Gulf Stream for their patience and tolerance whilst the girls designed their 'perfect boards'.