Fins, fins, and more fins

Fins, fins, and more fins

Post by Glenn Woode » Sat, 27 Aug 1994 19:49:15


I've noticed in pictures in mags some boards that are asymmetrical
in the tail.  It looks as if a shark (maybe a Fanatic one?) has taken a
bite out of the tail on one side and som have had a second and
shorter fin on that side.  Some of the symmetrical boards have a
short fin on either side of the central, longer fin.  What are the
purposes of these fin setups?  Are they to help with carving on
waves?

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Fins, fins, and more fins

Post by Paul Souda » Sun, 28 Aug 1994 00:10:37

If you always sail the same wave spot with the wind coming from
the same side (Hookipa, Oahu, Santa Cruz, whatever). You'll do
always the same turn on the wave: one with a lot of speed on the
bottom of the wave (bottom turn), one with less speed on top of
the wave (cut back). Two different halves of your board will do the trick.

It was very popular in the 80s. Now lots of pro say ``who cares'',
I'm going fast on both turns anyway...

Paul

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Fins, fins, and more fins

Post by Paul Billing » Wed, 31 Aug 1994 17:44:32


writes:

Quote:
> I've noticed in pictures in mags some boards that are asymmetrical
> in the tail.  It looks as if a shark (maybe a Fanatic one?) has taken a

These are indeed used in the waves.  The are cut such that the cut back at the
wave crest is done on the short side (and additional fin if so equiped).  The
idea is that a snappier turn can be done with them.
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Fins, fins, and more fins

Post by Patrick Powe » Thu, 01 Sep 1994 05:07:03

Quote:

>writes:
>> I've noticed in pictures in mags some boards that are asymmetrical
>> in the tail.  It looks as if a shark (maybe a Fanatic one?) has taken a

I've heard that no one uses these things any more.  They were just awful
anywhere except on a wave face.  No-nose rules.