Proper Surfboard Fin Setup Explained
This post will help you with what the proper surfboard fin setup is and help in determining what the is best fin is for you.
- Retro Fin set up for short boards and is rarely seen in thema nymore although common for long boards
- Very little drag
- Requires smooth down the line surfing
- Does not work well with abrupt movements
- Twin fin offers stability and maneuverability as well as being faster than a thruster set up as it has no dragging fin.
- Normally found on traditional fishes or modern short boards
- Good for conditions from 1-4ft with skilled surfers able to utilize in bigger swells
- Works well in choppy conditions
- Once the size of the waves go 5 ft and above the twin fin often slides out on big powerful bottom turns.
- Most common fin setup
- Most versatile set up
- High vertical performance surfing
- Good maneuverability, stability and control
- Wave heights range from 1ft to 20 ft on guns
- Third fin does create drag
- Best surfing is from rail to rail
- This is the advised fin set up to have on your board
- Faster set up than a thruster as there is no drag from a back fin
- Good performance in huge waves like jaws with control and speed
- Good carve control on wave suits power surfer
- Hard for tail release at the top of the wave
- Takes some time to get used to the set up with many people sliding out at the bottom of the wave
- Has a "skaty," looser feel with good drive
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