Thruster or Quad?
Well, this will be a personal choice. I am used to riding everything. Lucky me: I have almost the entire RRD board collection in my car and will choose a thruster or quad depending on the conditions.
I am a goofy rider and used to riding backside. Depending on if it is onshore or sideshore, I will choose either a thruster or a quad.
If I have onshore conditions where the water will be choppy I normally ride Salerosa 5’8 with quad fin size M or the COTAN 5’2 with the same fins, because with the quad setup I have more control and speed in my switch position.
But if conditions are heavy or more sideshore I will go for my Maquina 5’7 and 3 fins, because then I will start to ride more frontside and what I need then is an easy board that turns quick.
When I ride frontside I prefer to use the 3 fin set-up with side – or on-shore conditions. I will only use Quad setup if the waves are small or for strapless freestyle because with 4 fins you accelerate faster and this is what you need.