C. J. Hobgood, the 2001 W. C. T. world champion, returned to the winners circle at the Jeep Body Glove Surf Bout, but this time on a quad. C.J explained…
“The Surf had been fun but kinda funky all week, not the right direction for lowers so it was a bit softer than usual. I really wanted to win this event but I started to think I was taking things too seriously and should just start having some fun. I had picked up a new quad the day before from my shaper Bill Johnson. As I was driving away he yelled ‘stop you don’t have any quad fins’.” Bill gave him a set of the new FCS, SF-4 Stretch quad fins.
C. J. tried the board and the fins in his quarterfinal and went on to win the event.
“The quad felt really loose and really fast. The waves were kind of marginal and that board just flew. My brother and I have been working a lot with FCS on different fin designs, it was neat to feel how the quad would skate off the bottom and drive through these fast arcing top turns. “
The event, which was the first stop in the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series, brought together 192 of the world’s best professional surfers and 32 of the world’s best juniors to Lowers Trestles, San Clemente Ca. April 24-28, 2007. The field competing for the $75,000 purse was packed with international talent including C.J. Hobgood and his brother Damien and local favourites Chris Ward and Nathan Yeomans.
Full details of the results and upcoming tour dates can be found online at: