The Bessell Quads were designed by San Diego shaper Tim Bessell. Tim originally designed these quads for his Barracuda model, "which is a cross fish and a performance board." They're a split keel design that "work great in anything from classic Fishes to hybrids and high performance shortboards." Both the fronts and rears have a unique inside (transitional concave) foil that Tim has dialed in over the course of several decades.
Tim began his professional surfboard shaping career when he began working at Sunset Surfboards in Encinitas, Ca as a teenager. By the age of thirteen, Tim had begun shaping boards for himself and others out of La Jolla, Ca. At the time he was one of the youngest surfboard shapers in the industry. He hasn't looked back since and, to date, has shaped and produced over 46,000 boards. "His boards have graced the covers of Surfer Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Beach Culture, and countless other surfing magazines. Many world class surfers have ridden Bessell Surfboards including: Peter King, Luke Egan, Jon Roseman, Glen Winton, Brad Gerlach, Vetea David, Ricky Irons, David MacAulay, Saxon Boucher, Debbie Melville Beacham, Ryder Mackey, Chris O'Rourke, Billy Choe, Simon Law, Juston Postin, David Eggers, Davie Miller, Richard Kenvin and more."
We're stoked to be making these fins for Tim! We're currently offering them in Medium and Large, in both futures and fcs bases.
The Bessell quads are part of our Apex Series line. Every fin is CNC cut from G10 fiberglass to insure precision foiling as well as consistent quality and flex patterns. All Apex Series fins come with our LIFETIME GUARANTEE. They're built to last!
Rake: 42.3 Degrees
Area: 17.05 Square Inch
Rake: 38.1 Degrees
Area: 8.98 Square Inch
NVS Apex G10 Solid Fiberglass Fins: The Pinnacle of Performance.
What makes NVS Apex G10 solid fiberglass fins the best in the world?
Better Material: We use G10, an industrial grade fiberglass which is manufactured to the highest quality standard. Made by heating special fibers with epoxy resin under intense pressure in order to make a perfect panel; we’ve eliminated the errors which can occur by using a hand layup. By heating the fibers and resin under pressure we are left with the ideal resin to fiber ratio in order to maximize strength and decrease weight.
Now that each fin contains more fiber we’re able to foil the fin thinner to in order to decrease drag and save even more weight without compromising the structural integrity.
Better Foiling: Along with the thinner foils we use a very specific foil that was derived from a series of NACA foils whose purpose was to increase laminar flow (speed) while decreasing turbulent flow (drag). This translates to a fin that allows for faster/easier generation of speed and has a wider angle of attack, which means you won’t lose as much speed while bottom turning or going through hard cutbacks. Precision machined foiling yields the most accurate foils available on any fin type or construction; why do you think a vast majority of big wave fins are machined, not molded?
The combination of spring from the epoxy infused G10 fiberglass with the hydrodynamic foil allow for easy generation of speed while maintaining control in all conditions.
Better Manufacturing: By using cutting edge CNC machines and precise designs we machine cut each fin in order to have the perfect foil and finish. All NVS fins are designed 100% in house using advanced 3D software.
This is what makes the Apex Series G10 fins the strongest most high performance fins in the world.
Of course performing better than anything on the market isn’t enough for us so we left these with a unique and sexy tree ring finish that is sure to turn heads.