Smart surfers know that it’s not just about shaping and surfing skills, but their equipment that can be key to a good ride. I mean, did you know that having two sets of fins can make it seem like you have more surfboards? Fins play a decisive role in surfing and surfboard performance. So, how to choose a set of new fins? Although surf fins have lots of different characteristics that will affect a surfer’s ride (including material, flexibility, and size), below is the quick rule of thumb.
Larger Fins: Get larger fins if you are a larger, heavier surfer. You’ll want a fin set with more surface area to provide more hold. Strong, powerful surfers should also consider a fin with more area. If your board has a wide tail, you’ll also require more fin area.
Smaller Fins: Get smaller fins if you want to make your board more forgiving. Smaller fins generally have more flexibility and it will help loosen a stiff board. Boards with narrower tails and thicker rails will also require less fin area.
With that in mind, here are a few of our top selling fins:
Future Fins FAM2 Techflex Fins
The Future Fins AM2 Techflex fins are a popular template for the light footed large surfer. The large base with medium tip helps with powerful bottom turns and releasing the fins off the top. Try this laid back template in wrapping point breaks. $84.00.
FCS PG-5 Fins
The PG-5’s are very popular among the pros and are perfect for a variety of conditions and wave heights. This medium sized fin template will offer greater performance and liven up most any board. This is a perfect setup if you’re looking for a renowned, high performance design with excellent drive, pivot, and hold all across the board. $85.00.
Surfco Hawaii 4.5 Thruster Set
Super Flex Fins are Pro Teck Fins with a soft flexible core and soft edges, making it the ultimate safety fin for beginners, surf schools, and board rentals. Super Flex Fins are also for the surfer who wants a fun, very easy to turn and forgiving ride. $38.00.
Future Fins Jordy Fin
This fin is the first of a series of Futures fins to be designed by Jordy Smith, geared towards high performance surfing in all conditions. Representing Jordy’s in-depth knowledge of his equipment, the fin features a large area that suits his big frame perfectly. It also has a wider base and thinner tip, and a template with laid back lines, accentuating Jordy’s effortless approach to a tee. $90.00. Continue reading