...when I was growing up skiing on Cairngorm in Scotland the Fischer C4 (before they added the 'R') Comp was a very exotic thing... I lusted after a pair big time. By the time I was old enough and had the means to buy a pair they had just brought out the Vacuums. When I was skiing them, whenever I passed a pair of the old design RC4s (the ones I presume you had) I always thought damn! if only I'd bought a pair the previous season, they looked so much better...
I liked the C4 name before they added the "R" as well.
Funny too, when I skied on these C4 "Catapults"... I always wanted the closely similar looking C4 "Competitions" instead! Lol
As a beginner on these 190cm's Fischer C4's in the 1970's I would turn heads a little bit, maybe it had to do with the dayglo graphic, and a new nomenclature of "race stock" or something. Other skiers must have thought I meant business based purely on my choice of equipment! And they were fast skis too!
Ironically these were my first skis at age 16 and in a parallel coincidence that summer I bought my first surfboard, and it too was fast & high performance!.. A 6'-8" Hawaiian mini gun single fin pin-tail renowned as one of the fastest shapes. Yellow, with Purple rails and bottom, it also made a statement kind of like my Fischer C4 skis. More than once people respected me for my choice of equipment maybe thinking I must have been good or something if I was surfing on that little missile. I was waxing that board on the beach about to go out once and looked up to see 3 guys twice my age checking out my narrow mini gun. One of them who, looked pretty stoned actually, stopped chewing the corner of his surf wax and asked: "Where'd you get that board?"
Getting off the ski topic track here talking about surfing- but interestingly my choice in a first surfboard did little to improve my ability to carve up the waves because it's shape was narrow and it had very little rocker- it was built for speed. More rocker, especially in the tail, helps loosen up a surfboard- (yeah just like the new skis).
But low and behold, I actually had the perfect board for the location I surfed at for 3 summers in the 70's! Who knew?
Part of the Outer Banks of NC is known for basically having a "close-out" wave as you can catch a wave's shoulder but most of the center breaks all at once... Yet, it is equally known by locals, as one of the East Coast's fastest waves! Ocracoke Island, NC. This is where I could make the un-makeable sections screaming across all day long! And on a 6'-8" dome top mini gun pit-tail, trimmed up on the sweet spot, - that is as fast as it gets on the East Coast summer surf.