Surf Without Fins

Finless Surfing

When the first fins were introduced and popularized in the 1930s – ‘40s, it changed surfing forever. Stability, control, and turning – which were all once extremely difficult on the heavy, traditional finless surfboards – were now attainable. Fins allowed surfers and surfboards to progress into a whole new era. In 1935, when Tom Blake …

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How Surfboard Fins Work

Surfboard fins have a number of effects on your surfboard’s performance: Fins influence drive/speed Fins affect a surfboard’s hold in the water and through turns Fins affect how a surfboard will feel on a wave – riding straight, turning, performing vertical maneuvers The two main forces acting upon your surfboard’s fins as you maneuver the …

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Surfboard Fin Placement

Just like the size, shape, and material of your surfboard’s fins will affect how it surfs, so too will the placement and configuration of its fins. It’s worth reiterating that your fins are the part of your board that are in contact with the water more so than anything else. Since fin placement and configuration …

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