Vintage Quads

Jon rode Twin fins on and off for almost 10 years. The thruster to Jon and many shapers of the time were simply too many fins. They were all struggling with the dramatic difference between the two. Jon especially had a very tough time adjusting to thrusters. After finally adjusting to thrusters the Quad came out. The Quad filled the gap between the inherently loose twin and the positive stiffer thruster. The Quad had the hold of the thruster and the rail to rail speed of the twin. Later on the Quad phased out with the introduction of the FCS removable fin system and board builders were decreasing the fin size making the thruster looser. Also, Al Merrick and other shapers were moving the mid point of the board outline back a few inches with a soft bump wing on the rail to loosen the thruster even more. These photos were taken around 1984 or 1985 at Jon's round Malibu house above the Sea Lion, what is now called Dukes Bar and Grill. One can see the sleeker design and the modern surfboard as we know it come in to it's own. Jon also rode for, and was sponsored by, the Saporro Beer Company, Quicksilver, Rip Curl ,Zuma Jay, and Del Miller for many years. Jon now uses Oneill wetsuits and has for the last 25 years.

1983 jon lalanne quad

sharkey quad