Jesse Faen, unaffected by drop-ins and shoulder dwellers, on a 5'4 ASQ. Video: Manuel Caro
Jan.21, 2014 - This week, we’re having a look at the Arc Swallowtail Quad from Mandala Surfboards.
The Arc Swallowtail is part of a family of short, wide, carve-centric shapes derivative of the original Arctail Quad from Mandala- which draws inspiration from the Greenough Spoon and the Mini Simmons.
The original Arctail Quad (which has a square tail) was designed to recreate the drive of a fish while maintaining the turning radius of a round tail. The Swallowtail version of the Arctail Quad has a deep fishcut-tail, to dramatically reduce surface area and free up the tail.
Jesse Faen tossing a huge bucket on a ASQ. Photo: Mandala
This also gives The Arc Swallowtail Quad tremendous release on turns and creates a dynamic flex effect that’s unique on each side of the tail, referred to by Mandala as a “variable rocker”.
The Arc Swallowtail is most responsive in hollower surf, as its deep cut double pins excel at gathering and releasing a ton of energy. This effect is reminiscent of the snappy feeling of flex-and-release that you'd normally get from a set of well foiled fins.
The Arc Swallowtail Quad is an incredibly fast board with a surprising amount of quickness and responsiveness. Meant to be ridden shorter than you are tall, Mandala’s team dimensions for the ASQ are 5’4 x 20 x 2.25.
Mirrored top and bottom view of a 5'4 ASQ. Photo: Mandala