What's the F'in Deal?!?!
Posted: Mar 30 2017
While the aim of the subject line was intended to grab your attention, here's where I need to keep it! So, let's address that post title again.....what's the f'in deal? More so, what's the deal with fins? As we will discover, there's more to fins than one might have originally thought. I've linked a couple articles I felt had some great information on surf fins. It's funny how something so seemingly insignificant can have a serious impact on how your time in the waves can be. One of the first things to consider when talking fins is how many? What kind of board/fin setup do you require for the given surf conditions you wish to ride in. Anywhere from 1 up to 5 fins are used for boards of various sizes for various conditions. From there, one should consider the actual configuration of the fins; i.e. single fin, twin fin, 2+1, thruster, quad setup or 5-fin. Ideally, the more fin boxes you have on your board will allow for the most fin configurations, assuming you only plan on having one board for all surf conditions. Which, in a perfect world would be the ideal solution and the most cost effective, but as we know, the world is far from perfect and ultimately only owning one surfboard will only get you out in a set range of conditions. If you're like most people starting out in the world of surfing though, the logical place to start is with a single board that offers multiple fin setup options. Once you've determined the style of board and fin configuration, things now start to get interesting! Fin materials, size, flex properties and placement all play key roles in how your board performs out on the water. Like anything, you get what you pay for. The better the fin, the more expensive it will be, fact. Here's where the linked articles come into play, there's some great information on most everything you wanted to know about surf fins. And before I forget to mention, all the wake surf heads out there could use some if this info as well, I mean at the end of the day, you are still surfing after all. Plus, wouldn't it be nice to simply switch up a set of fins to change how a board rides, whether it's more suitable for a novice rider or a well seasoned veteran, rather than having multiple boards? Don't get me wrong now, a skim style wakesurfer will never perform like a dedicated surf style wakesurfer, but you can certainly experiment with different fins before dropping the $600+ on a surf style board. And of course the same goes the other way, a surf style board will never perform like a true skim style board, but it can save you some time and money determining if skim style riding is for you. Yes, there are hybrid skim/surf style wakesurfers out there that actually do both quite well, but at the end of the day, for maximum performance and progression purposes, some ride aspects will be compromised. So, without any further ado, here are those articles I was promising:
Here's an article from Rusty Preisendorfer's blog over at Surfline.com. His name might be familiar to some of you, Rusty surfboards...heard of them? Yeah, this is THAT Rusty!