This is a basic fin cluster overview for any surfer that has questions about types of fin setups and what each cluster is aiming for. With the exception of the Twin/Keel fin (yet), all of these fin setups have a home under our roof.
Fins are one of the most underrated surfboard upgrades in surfing. There are so many options now that just a quick fin swap can completely change very nature of your board.
Many of us have ridden factory stock, improperly sized fins for YEARS not realizing we'd been hurting our surfing the entire time. There were so many aspects to fins that we really hadn’t even figured in, worst of all, the basics.
Earlier in the year, we asked Bill if he knew anybody that would be a good fit as a humble, stylish and wave hungry surfer that could put our longboards to the test and help us progress the traditional end of our quiver. In an instant, he had a name and a grin...
The fin, or fins, underneath your surfboard are there to help with the steering of your board. The fins will also assist with stopping the surfboard from sliding around on the wave. The further the fin goes down in the water, the more control you will have over the surfboard on the wave. The shorter the fin, the less resistance there will be on the water. The longer the distance of the fin where it is attached to the base of your surfboard, the faster you will be able to go.