This is the board I am riding this summer. A 100% wood canard quad, it was shaped from a blank that was designed for speed and the Canard Quad set-up boosts that velocity and lets you take it all vertical. As with all 42 surfboards, because we shape our boards from wood, the Quad Fish has more drive, flow, and carry through than anything else in the water. Based on your size and surfing style, we custom shape your Canard Quad Fish to fit you like a glove. However we fine tune it though, this speed machine will absorb chatter from chop on the face but will never bog out at the bottom of a reeling eight footer like your 15 year-old neighbor’s flexi-plexi. Like all 42 Surfboards, you will notice how your Canard Quad Fish builds and holds speed. It is like accelerating a full-blown freight train. What you do with all that speed and power is up to you. With the hand-foiled K9 Quads from 101 Fins, this board will be among the fastest in the water in anything from two to twelve feet. With the 100% organic core, an illustrious Resin Research crystal clear epoxy finish, and heart-stopping abalone inlays, your Canard Quad is certain to be the most beautiful board on the beach. Mine, on the other hand, was the last board we built in polyester. Our testing continues to show that epoxy is just so much stronger that we can't build the poly boards for anything but the very deserving wall.
Even with the deep polyester gloss coat being so beautiful, you have to remember that beauty isn't everything - your 42 Surfboard is always likely to be the easiest board on the environment at the beach. At 42 Surfboards, the environment comes first. It just doesn’t matter how groovy your van is or how bushy your beard is, if you are going through boards as fast as some of our friends are going through their sticks of foam, you’re just not walking the walk. At 42 Surfboards we are building boards that you will be able to pass on to your grandchildren. If you’re ready to give them up at that point. Again, that is why we have made the switch to epoxy for our daily drivers.
Here at 42 Surfboards, we’d like to give you something that is really hard to find these days. We’d like to give you a wood surfboard hand-shaped by American surfers. We’d like to give you a board that will last you the rest of your life. We’d like to give you a board that is beautiful, unique, and is more than something you just surf on. Although we know that you will love surfing it.
42 Surfboards are hand-shaped from blanks that we build ourselves. Our blanks are as organic as they come and at 42, your surfboard blank isn’t going to kill anyone. Instead, it is directly causing the preservation of coastal forest land while aggressively fighting global warming. Our blanks are built from sustainably harvested wood and are chambered as radically as any in history. This gives you a remarkably beautiful and strong surfboard that, with a little love and a little luck, will last you the rest of your life.
Everybody has had a magic surfboard. A board that was better than anything else they have ever ridden. If that had been a 42 Surfboard, it would still be around and you would still be riding it today!
At 42 Surfboards, disposable boards just aren’t going to cut it anymore. Nor are toxic boards made from the same old poisonous soup that has been used since the early ‘60s. By hand-shaping local wood into beautiful high performance surfboards, our goal is to change the very paradigm of choosing a surfboard. Instead of choosing the quick and easy, the cheap and sleazy, the pop-out molded spray-painted cookie cutter foam toy, we want you to think a little. Think about the long-term cost. The environmental cost. The aesthetic cost. The social cost. And then go with the choice that is simply better by nature.
Life is short. You are good. Ride a board that makes you proud.
Dimensions: 5'10", 21.5", N 17", T 17"
Core: Coastal spruce, fully chambered
Fins: K9 Quads in bamboo by 101 Fins
Glass: 6+4 Top, 6 Bottom, glossed and polished, speed finish around the fins, logo in sustainably harvested abalone, glassed at Cascade Performance Glassing. Beautiful. Although I am riding this board, all of our remaining glossed and polished poly boards have been sold as wall hangers. For us it is the end of an era. Crystal clear Resin Research Epoxy is the future for 42 Surfboards. Stay tuned - we've got some wild boards on the way! If one of them is going to be yours, you better hurry up and get in line!