The 5-fin Setup

5 fin surfboard setup

If you’re interested in fin experimentation, the 5-fin set up is for you. The 5-fin set up is all about versatility and options, and it’s one of the most common setups you’ll find if you look at new stock boards on the rack at your local surf shop. Five fin set ups feature two rail…

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Alternative & Niche Surf Fins

The possibilities for experimentation in surfboard and fin design are vast. There’s a lot that hasn’t been explored. The cool thing about surfing is that you can find designs that are going to feel like magic to one surfer and like a dog to next, but that’s part of the fun. This page highlights some…

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Do Surfboards Come With Fins?

Do Surfboards Come With Fins?

Do Surfboards Come With Fins? Surprising as it might be, since you’re going to need a good set of fins to get the most out of your new surfboard, most surfboards do not include fins. Crazy, right? Some surf shops will make this pretty clear – either with a sticker on the board or included…

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FCS vs Futures Surfboard Fins

fcs vs futures

If you’re buying anything other than a single fin surfboard off the rack, you’re typically going to have two main choices for your fin system: FCS or Futures. Not all fins fit all surfboards. So, the questions remain – how are they different and which is better? What is the Difference Between FCS and Futures…

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A Guide to Longboard Fins

Single Fin Guide

Single fin longboards are a great place to start experimenting with your fins. First, you don’t even need to go out and buy new fins to start experimenting. With a single fin, you’ve got the ability to move it forwards or backwards in the fin box – affecting stability/looseness. With just some slight movements of…

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Surf Fin Buying Guide: Fins Explained

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Deciding what surfboard fins you should get comes to do a few key factors: What kind of board & fin system do you have?What kind of surfing do you want to do?What kind of waves will you be riding? If you’re in a rush, here’s a general guide on what surfboard fins you should ride:…

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Single Fins vs. Thrusters vs. Quads

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With so many fins and surfboards to choose from, a common question many surfers have is which fin setup is best? How does a single fin compare to three fins? How does a thruster compare to a quad? Since many surfboards have fin systems that allow you to choose between a single vs. thruster or…

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Surfboard Fin Evolutions

Evolution of the Surf Fin

The surfboard fin has undergone a number of changes and evolutions since waves were first ridden on giant wooden boards in 18th century Hawaii. Before fins, surfboards were so big and heavy that most surfing was done in a straight line back to shore. Slight control over the big, heavy boards could be achieved by…

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How to Change & Install Surfboard Fins

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If you’re new to surfing or have never experimented with your fins before, changing fins may not be as easy as it seems. Overtime, saltwater, sand, and other debris can bind your fins to their box and make changing them a little difficult. Metal hardware (grub screw, flat head screw, and plates) can also be…

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Fin Setups for Soft Top Surfboards

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Soft tops tend to get a bad rap in many lineups. They often come with the connotation of the clueless novice and the mass-produced mega-storms. However, soft top surfboards can be extremely rippable under the right feet, and they can be versatile and fun in the worst of conditions. That said, the fin setups on…

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