A unique modern performance fish design board, the Eye Symmetry Cali Quad is blazing fast and sharp on turns. Tom Carroll is having a blast riding this board and you will, too!
+ A great small, clean wave board with unique design aspect that separate it from other small wave performance fish designs
+ Fun, fast board for riding smaller, cleaner waves but doesn’t mind a bit of mush, too
+ Nice beveled rails that help to make this a great paddler that still feels really lively and turns well
+ Scoop in the nose and hump at the back that hugs your foot and holds it in place during manoeuvres
– Doesn’t have enough rocker to take a really steep, pronounced drop…I dug the nose a few times when the waves were steeper
The Eye Symmetry Surfboards Cali Quad surfboard at 5’11 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4 @ 39.5L’s of volume. The Futures Stretch Quads are a great match for this board but my favourite quads right now are the Futures Rasta Quads [Shop Futures Fins…]. Unreal in this board! Standard Eye Symmetry Surfboards Cali Quad dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Small, good, clean, point break or rolling beach break waves from waist to just overhead
- Wide outline, very flat rocker through the center
- Slight, clean entry rocker with a more tail rocker at the back to loosen it up and make it easier to turn
- Scoop in the nose towards a raised deck at the back with foot wells over the fins
- Beveled rails to help with those turns
- Mild single concave nose, deeper concave through the center, and a slight double and pronounced vee on the tail
- A quad fin set-up with small swallow tail
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This is the Cali Quad by Eye Symmetry Surfboards. I’ve ridden a couple of Eye Symmetry surfboards so far and they’ve both done very well for me. I’ve really enjoyed riding them. This Cali Quad, I saw actually for the first time, I was lucky enough to go along with Max of Eye Symmetry Surfboards and see Tom Carroll riding this board. To see somebody like that, a surfing icon and legend, surf a board, it’s going to make anybody want it because he just drew such beautiful clean lines on the wave face, and I’m actually going to include some footage of Tom riding the board in just a few seconds.
This Cali Quad is a great little small, clean wave board. This was inspired by shapers in California, according to Max. That’s why the term Cali Quad was used for the name. There’s some beautiful aspects to this board that make this a really fantastic small wave performance fish design, but also that’s separated a little bit from a lot of the other small wave performance fish designs that are out there.
This has a wide outline, right, for smaller waves and it’s got a lot of volume, and it’s also very flat. You can see there’s just a touch of rocker in the nose. Very flat through the center and then a little bit more tail rocker off the back just to help loosen it up and make it a little bit easier to turn. Between the outline and the nose rocker, that’s about all that’s kind of standard about this board.
What Max has done with the rails, you can see that he’s got these beautiful kind of beveled rails. He carries form through the center of the board and then he cuts the form off pretty abruptly to draw it back into these nice kind of lower to medium rails to make this board, again, really lively and turn well. He put a little scoop in the nose here and then down the back he’s actually got a little bit of a foot well here, so it’s hard to see. It’s very subtle. You can see that he actually has a little bit of a scoop here and a little bit of a scoop here, so your foot hugs that foot well. Actually, if you want to hear somebody who is much better surfer than I talking about it, here’s Tom Carroll talking about that little feature.
Tom Carroll: It’s very nice. Yeah. This feels just right.
Max: Is it responsive?
Tom Carroll: It seems responsive with the curve in the back. It’s a bit more than what I normally have. Actually it’s helping me. I like that. I like that set of foot welling. You can actually put your foot on it.
That’s Tom Carroll’s take. My take is this is a fun and fast board again for riding kind of smaller, cleaner waves. It does do the junkier stuff as well. It does excel kind of in the smallish, cleanish conditions. Really fast and lively. It doesn’t like the super steep drops. Again, it’s a bit of a wide outline. It doesn’t have enough rocker to really want to take a really, really deep pronounced drop. That aside, for most kind of small wave conditions, this board will just go really well. This thing would love like a little small point break or kind of rolling, kind of beach break waves. My best surfs were in those types of conditions.
That is the Cali Quad by Eye Symmetry Surfboards. If you have ridden Cali Quad, please let me know what you think. Thank you so much for watching Benny’s Boardroom.
Outro: Smooth as silk and sharp as a knife. That is the Cali Quad.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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