How to change your fins
Fins can make or break a board especially if you are fussy and surf lots of different types of waves. Personally I am a fin addict and I have a bag full acquired over the years that I chop and change through my quiver to suit different boards, or new boards, based on trial an error. This what I have found works best.
I always use a base set of fins in any board I get. That way I can compare boards and fins on a like for like basis. I’m a big bloke and I like to push my board hard and feel the drive so my go to’s are big carbons. If it’s a tri/quad set up I will go the tri first and go from there.
To test the board as a quad I will use the same big fins in the front (to keep the drive the same) with another set of smaller quad rear fins which I found I got on with best.
Then I apply the rules below chopping and changing until I find set I am happy with. Don’t be afraid to mix and match fins.
Flat sided fin versus inside foiled fin
Flat foils break free sooner and are better for controlling speed, use them in fast powerful surf where you don’t need to generate additional speed. Flat foils will feel closest to glass ons.
Vector foils will allow you to maximise speed and drive hard in your bottom turns, the fins feel fluid rail to rail.Futures produce a series of V2 fins which feature the speed generating characteristics of the V (vector) at the base transitioning into flat foil at the tip, for controlled release in critical turns.