Kuntiqui Balsa Surfboard Retro Quad
Kuntiqui Retro Quad

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Description Product Details Why This Product Rocks?

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The «Retro Quad» is fast and maneuverable in its surf behavior. 

It shows its strength in smaller and weaker waves due to the width of the board and the large rails. 

The flat «Scoop-Rocker line» facilitates high speed surfing. 

The double concave in the bottom keeps this speed even in turns and adds control.

The quad fin setup gives this surfboard a better grip on the waves and facilitates easier turning. 

This gives it an advantage in steeper and faster waves, compared with the «Twin» fin.

The «Retro Quad» is a real «Wavecatcher» with Skateboard feeling.

Two hardwood stringers give the board extraordinary stability. Nose and tail are reinforced with hardwood.

The ideal wave height for this board is 0.5 to 1.8 meters.

The «Retro Quad» contains Future fin boxes for two fins. The right fins for you can be ordered on demand with the board.

Why Balsa?

balsa tree

The core of our surfboards, and therefore their main element, is Balsa wood (Ocroma Pyramidale). 

Balsa has been  used as a transport float in South America 1000 years before the bad ass Inka Empire

This plant is one of the fastest growing species, reaching a height of up to 10 meter and a diameter of 20-25 cm within 3-4 years.

The Balsa wood we use comes from a family farm, situated in the coastal region of Ecuador. 

The head of the farm and family is Don Zandoval. 

The Balsa trees are planted in a sustainable mixed cultivation program together with bananas, yuca, and beans.

"Balsa wood is a fast growing, sustainable and recyclable raw material, producing no toxic substances. Therefore it can safely be said, that the use of Balsa is a sustainable method of producing surfboard blanks."

~ Kuntiqui Founder

Balsa Production

Since our balsa wood surfboards are exclusively handmade, the production process requires approximately six times as long as it takes to produce a conventional foam board.

The process begins with the sowing of the balsa seeds in Don Zandoval´s greenhouse and three months later continues with the planting between bananas, yucca and beans. 

It takes 3-4 years before the trees have grown to the sufficient height for harvesting. 

After they have been sliced into blocks they are transported by eco donkey. In the local climate of Ecuador the wooden blocks dry in about 2-3 months.

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