Surfboard fins: drive and response

The surfboard fin industry has been steadily evolving over the last 10 years. Until recently, fins were considered a secondary gear item in surfing. Now, they are seen as crucial to high performance wave riding, and the right- or wrong - fins can make the difference in competition.

Selecting the best fin kit for your surfboard and your surfing skills is a mind-boggling endeavor, but it helps to take an in-depth look at fin selection. Nevertheless, there are a few general formulas.

There are a few general formulas for making good fin choices. If you're a light surfer, choose fins with less area. If your surfboard has a wide tail, choose larger.

Are you looking for quick responses from your surfboard? Buy a stiffer fin kit. Going for big waves on a small surfboard? Choose fins that are larger, with a more "swept back" shape. There are multiple combinations, and you are free to mix, match, and test.

On surfboards, there are six main fin setups: single fin, twin fin, thruster, 2+1 fin, quad and five-fin. The surfboard fin industry is dominated by no more than eight brands.

Fin Control Systems (FCS) is the leading brand and was founded in Australia in 1995 by Brian A. Whitty. Future Fins is also fighting for a relevant share of the market.

Both fin brands offer a complete collection of units for every type of surfing need. It is possible to combine and balance speed with surfboard responsiveness and there are fins for shortboards and longboards that can help you achieve this balance.

DorsalRainbow Fins, Fin Solutions, Kinetik RacingTurbo Tunnel, Red-X Fins, and Speed Fins complete the list of the most famous surf fins in the world. Almost all fins can be tightened down with a Hex key or Allen wrench.

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