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Fins - 2008/08/13 06:16 I saw an ad in surfing magazine for Future Fins the other day. It got me wondering- how much of a difference do quality fins make? Do they provide more stability? Are they worth investing in?
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Re:Fins - 2008/08/13 08:45 Never thought much about 'stability' in a fin ... I like em loose as a goose! I have 9'2" performance longboard with a
2 + 1 setup using (2 X 3") Sidebites and a 7" Center Future
fin for thrust. On my SuperFish I have two 5" Twinfins with a 3" stabilizer. On my 9'4" Spoon I use a single 6" Future for slip sliding fun. Just don't buy some 'huge' fin for your board, you may as well tie a brick on the tail.

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Re:Fins - 2008/08/13 22:27 Agree to the largest possible extent with DrC123...
For an average surfer, the fins should be standard and that's it. If You want go to the limit and/or have professional surfing abilities, the fins might make the difference to other competitors. For beginners, fins cannot be soft enough, cause touching them can get dangerous.
Now it's on You: Pro, average or beginner?

Post edited by: herwig, at: 2008/08/13 22:36
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Re:Fins - 2008/08/15 06:06 In "quality fins" are you referring to make and material, or brand? Futures and FCS make basic fins that are made out of a pressed hard plastic. unless you are a new novice, I highly recommend that you do not buy these. They have little flex and with a good powerful bottom turn or cuttie, you're just going to snap a fin. Buy the Futures or FCS fiberglass fins. they provide better flex and profile, contrary to popular belief, you do not want your fins stiff as a board. they need to flex on turns to provide snap and speed. About the only time i would recommend the pressed form plastic fins, is when using them in the 2 + 1 preformance longboard setup as it is hard to find those fins in fiberglass, and you are not putting as much strain on thoses fins as you are on the rear fin, and like DrC123 mentioned, they are more "side bite" fins to provide grip for a longboard when surf a little bit steeper wave, or wippin the board around hard on the rail.
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Re:Fins - 2008/08/16 02:08 Agree, fibreglass fins are much stronger. On my SuperFish the fins are 'Mark Richards' FCS and were all plastic. After snapping the center 3" stabilizer twice, finally replaced it with a fibre glass one. (Amazing how much pressure there is from hard turns on that little fin.) As for plastic side bites they break off easy as well but could not find fibreglass ones anywhere. (Left both embedded in the deck of a novice's brand new longboard last summer ... was coming full bore out of a backhand re-entry on a shoulder size wave when he dropped in and went straight ... landed high and dry on his board as he bailed!)
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Re:Fins - 2008/08/16 04:48 Fiberglass fins are stronger - no discussion. From the surfing pov this is resultig in better control of the board. But as I have been told, the plastic fins are designed to break before the the box does. When You put a very stong fin into a fcs box and the board gets in touch with something else than water, You have a healthy fin but the board is demaged. We technicans call it a predetermined breaking point.
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