The difference was so immense that he reformed all his quad formulas to incorporate this innovation. Many of the pros used this systems and it became a standard on the big wave scene, where most of the “guns” were fitted with them. In recent years Kelly Slater had legendary wins at Teahupoo, Pipeline and Cloudbreak riding a Quad. In Slaters’ own words "Thanks a lot. Your formulas have been instrumental in my setups and have really helped me enjoy surfing to a different level. Much appreciated. Kelly".
At ECS we have been using the M5 multisystem across the range. We are constantly working towards innovation and are stoked to partner with Australian Shaper Bruce Mckee and collaborate on some cool new surf and sup designs.
Bruce, since 2001 has supplied all of the worlds shapers, through his website the M4 Quattro Quad and M5 Multi-system fin formulas. The formulas for fin placement have also been used, or are currently being used by the majority of the world’s top Pro Surfers including Kelly Slater. Tom Curren, Tom Carroll & Occy were some of the early test pilots of Bruce's Quattro/Quad designs. He also crafted boards for world champs like Sunny Garcia and Andy Irons plus many touring pro.
His innovations with the Quad systems moving the rear fins away from the rail more toward the middle enabled the boards to re-center themselves between turns and also pivot with ease.
Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney Australia, Bruce McKee an avid designer and waterman grew up at Bungan Headland with a tubular reef break for his backyard. In his mid teens Bruce began shaping all kinds of water craft from catamarans and sailboards to water-skis, wakeboards, Long-boards and guns to every type of short board. Bruce is a world-renowned ‘all round’ shaper, with an eye for precision and many a moulded design credited to his name. Bruce was also a leading shaper in Europe where he spent a number of years making boards for some of the worlds best riders.
about bruce mckee
Bruce's 3 new models
“Growing up at Bungan, which occasionally had perfect lines and good banks for long-boarding, my friends and I struck gold when we came across a couple of vintage classic longboards in someone's garage. The one I remember best was a finely honed 'Scott Dillon Point-Rider' longboard. The difference in performance between the two loggers was so distinct when riding them that I studied them and learned so much about the bottom and outline curves, the rail volume and the amount of roll in the bottom why one felt so smooth and agile and the other like a tank.
Of course the Flow-Master is not an exact copy of the 'Point-Rider' and since then new innovations such as the nose concave and fin set-ups have changed, but I kept the best of what I felt made the one board magic and have integrated that into the 'Flowmaster'.
The longboard quad positioning I redeveloped or refined in 1997 in what I called an "Eureka" moment. Putting the rear Quad fins close to the rail on a longboard makes the board feel like a crab, wanting to stay on one tack... and ultra hard to change direction after trimming across a wave wall. A lot of body gyrating was needed to get the board to initiate a cutback or come down the wave face... constant rail to rail turns were the only way to get the board to make the smooth transition between turns. We call it the Flowmaster because all your turns will feel 'seamless' with a dreamlike flow”.
"Being an avid water skier on days when the surf was not providing, and being fortunate to know a waterski magazine writer who always had new skis to test, I was fortunate to come across a beautiful, new innovative bottom design. It was on a slalom ski model called the 'Connelly Concept'.
It had a central concave within concave. The ski was stable when running straight yet lighting quick and super sensitive to all the nuanced adjustments when laying over the big slalom turns between rocketing across the wake.
The Jack Rabbit takes the best of the Connelly Concept yet adds a double concave to the central concave section plus more features”.
"Years ago in the Basque Country, some of my surfboard team riders were amped over the performance they were getting from their new 'Turbo' comp boards.
The speed, projection off the bottom, controlled release off the top and a feeling like the boards indeed had a boosting 'Turbo' feel.
These were guys that were open minded and wanted to explore new sensations that a non-conventional board could provide. They loved to be 'test pilots'.
These were the days when so many influential riders were all so caught up in magazine and competition drummed conformity, peer group pressure and fashion-following, that they stagnated in their surfing approach with the idea that 'basic is best'. Surfing Evolution crawled at a snails pace.
The fear and skepticism flashed in their eyes when the words 'four fin', 'Quad' or 'Quattro' was mentioned.
Basic indeed works well and is a safe choice... but what is the benchmark for basic now? Concaves, Vee, rockers, outlines... how many fins?"