How Surfboard Fins Work

Dolphins

Surfboard fins have a number of effects on your surfboard’s performance: Fins influence drive/speedFins affect a surfboard’s hold in the water and through turnsFins 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 face of…

Read more

Where to Position a Single Fin?

Single Fin Positioning

The Quick Answer: Move your fin forward for a looser feel. Move your fin towards the back for more stability and drive down the line. Make small adjustments and test. Pick up a single fin thumb screw if you want to test on the fly when you’re in the water. On a surfboard with a…

Read more

Surfboard Fin Placement

Gerry

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…

Read more

Guide to 3D Printing Surf Fins

Wave Machine

3D printing surf fins offers the perfect solution for quick prototyping new designs and materials. Now, 3D printing will likely not yield the best fins you’ll ever surf, but it does provide an avenue for quick prototyping and experimenting with unique materials and designs. This guide is designed to help those who have purchased a…

Read more

Components of Surfboard Fin Design

Fin Mechanics, Dynamics & Characteristics

Surfboard Fin Design Characteristics & Hydrodynamics Surfboard fins have a huge effect on how your surfboard performs. Even the slightest changes in fin design can make a world of difference. If you’ve ever broken a fin and continued surfing or swapped the fins on your favorite board, you’ve probably already got a sense for it.…

Read more