A beautifully designed craft, Neal Purchase Jr Surfboards Quartet is a special all rounder with style. I have sought after a Neal Purchase Jr Quartet for some time and it is worth the wait. This is the Neal Purchase Quartet Review.
+ A beautiful board in and out of the water; Neal Purchase Jr Surfboards Quartet has both style and substance
+ Flat deck, wider outline and beveled rails is a recipe for lightning fast up and go in smaller, more mushy surf
+ Love the custom shaped fixed fin quad setup and round tail (of course)
+ A different ride in the water vs. off-the-shelf boards. Neal is an artist and it shows
– In bigger, more hollow beach breaks, the flat rocker made big, steep drops a challenge
The NPJ Quartet surfboard at 6’0 x 20 1/2 x 2 7/16 @ 38L’s of volume (estimate – Neal hand shapes all of his boards)
Best Wave Type
Stomach high to just overhead. The Neal Purchase Quartet loves a lined up wave face but will easily tackle mushy, crumbly beach breaks and lower period swells
- Beautiful, low, soft beveled rails
- Flat deck, which carries a lot of foam through the foil but hides it will
- Subtle entry rocker with an even flowing curve throughout
- All-rounder bottom contour of choice: slight single going into a double and then a slight vee off the tail
- Round tail with a fixed quad fin set up – big fixed fins up front, tiny trailers at back – making the ride smooth and buttery through turns
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Hey, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! I hope you’re doing well. This is the Neal Purchase Jr Surfboards Quartet Review.
I’ve had an eye on a Quartet for years, actually. I saw this at The Shop Next Door, a little place in Manly that is run by a lovely gentleman named Taylor and he always has a few Neal Purchase Jr boards in there but the Quartet is really the one that I gravitated to the most and is the one that interested me the most for two reasons. Number one, it has a round tail and number two because it’s got an awesome fixed fin quad set-up.
Neal Purchase Jr is a bit of a legend. His father was in the industry and he’s well known, Neal Purchase Junior, is known for being one of the better surfer out there on his backhand in the barrel. He is also known as being a lovely guy and has a bit of a cult following.
When I put a picture of this board up at Benny’s Boardroom on Instagram (@bennysboardroom), instantly I started getting emails and calls asking:
“When is the Quartet review going to come out?!?”
I was really excited to surf this board after seeing it and desiring and craving it for such a long time.
Anyways, I sent Neal an e-mail to see what he could do for me. He doesn’t do standard dimensions so you talk to him and he asks you, “What your size is? What your surfing ability is? Where you want to surf the board?” which is very important. I think knowing the way that you’re going to surf the board is probably the right starting point for figuring out how to order a custom or to buy a board off the racks.
We started discussing it, I said, “Look, I just want to get something that I can ride around Sydney, where I live, in the average conditions that we get here which is usually from waist high to a few feet overhead. Generally not that much power because we get lower period swells here.” He came up with this concept, kind of a compact little shortboard for beach breaks just up to a few feet overhead.
This is a beautiful, beautiful board, not only does it look amazing and I love this fixed fins that he puts in here that he glasses on and shapes himself. It also is just a different ride in the water. You buy a lot of off the shelf boards, I buy and ride a lot of off the shelf boards and they’re great, I have fantastic surfs on them but there’s something special about having a board that’s shaped for you, hand-shaped. He’s got these beautiful, low, soft beveled rails and he’s kept the deck very flat so you can see that the deck is quite flat here, it’s not rolled at all so he’s carried a lot of foam through the center here so he can keep this outline compact for me.
This Quartet is six foot but it’s probably – and Neal doesn’t even know the exact literage because it’s hand-shaped – but it’s probably around 38 liters in volume, which is spot on for me for surfing around where I live, just up and down the coast and around Sydney. He put just a very subtle entry rocker and a nice, even flowing curve throughout but it is a very flat board, again it’s intended to be surfed in waves that are a little flatter faced like the waves that I get around here (Sydney).
He added an all-rounder bottom rocker of choice with a slight single concave going through to a double and then a slight vee off of the tail. Overall, a really fun, fast forgiving board and I’ve surfed this in a few different conditions. I’ve surfed it when it’s smaller and mushier, waist to chest high and kind of crumbly and not very good – about a seven or eight second period – so not very powerful either and because of the flattish deck and because Neal has added very little rocker running throughout the board it gets up and gets going very quickly.
I’ve also surfed it when it’s been a bit bigger. I was surfing it at my local which is a more punchy, powerful, more hollow beach break that tends to run a bit and I did notice the flat rocker was a limitation. It took me a few times taking off to actually to get used to having that rocker and slotting into more powerful and hollower waves but once I had figured out and actually adjusted my stance (because I just come back from Bali so I had to adjust to that different wave type), once I had adjusted to it, it was off to the races literally, I would take off and this thing just goes!
The round tail, which I love –
I’m a sucker for quads with a round tail
– just seemed to work really well for me. It feels nice and buttery through turns – I can’t explain it any better than that, like the quad fin set-up that he has here for these bigger fixed fin, fins up front and then these little tiny trailers at the back mean that when you’re taking off on a bigger wave, you feel it again flow through the turn. Then when you’re taking off on smaller waves, these tend to bite and drive a little bit better so a great combination again for the waves that I get around here. I’m sure that if I told him I was taking a board to Indo, I probably would have had a bit more rocker throughout and also probably would have had a different fin set-up.
That is the Quartet by Neal Purchase Jr Surfboards. Again, a bit of a legend around the East Coast of Australia and Australia in general. If you have had a go on the Quartet please let me know what you think. I know there are a lot of people out there that are excited to hear about this board. Get one of these things if you have the chance, it’s a beautiful board. It’s a piece of art and thank you very much to Neal for creating this for me. I really love riding this board.
That is the review for this week – the Neal Purchase Quartet Review. Thank you so much for watching the show, hit subscribe if you haven’t already and I will speak with you again very soon.
OUTRO: The Neal Purchase Jr Surfboards Quartet is smooth as silk, Grasshopper.
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Picked up this board from Benny whilst on holidays in Sydney. Was chasing something with a bit more volume that was still fun to ride, and this board has surpassed all expectations. Best board I have ever owned for paddling into waves and once up and riding it is super forgiving with plenty of flow that sees me surfing in the pocket more than I ever have in my life. Would highly recommend.
AWESOME Alexis, so glad it's working for you! NPJ is the man!