i've made tons of fins over the years. out of all kinds of materials. not to hard. especially fcs. too easy. futures are a little more involved. people have been making fins since way before machines got involved. but i understand that it's not for everyone. it involves trying, and some people are just better at being consumers.
your worried about looks....lol. don't want to ruin your tufflite popout, surfboard modeling career huh? i hear you though, surfing is very psychosomatic.
we also haven't seen any these "tons" of great fins you've been making. How did you put "cant" into your home fins?...or are they all just completely vertical? Even if you posted pics of them (and they were actually your work), the details, sight unseen, would be questionable...and performance could only be determined by riding them. You've implied you're not worried about looks, so has this transferred to your fins?
Yeah, I like to look as good as possible when surfing...it's called style. Surfers with no style are called kooks. When things are ugly for no reason, I fix it. If I have to make things ugly for better performance, I do that too. I haven't owned a tuflite since 2008, but when I did, I sanded off all the gloss coat to make it function better - some would say I "ruined" it. I recently saw a photo of a pro with a box filler in his center future slot...doubt he's getting paid for that, so maybe he knows something we don't.
hahaha! your too funny. did you really say "i like to look as good as possible"? either your a flaming homo or a high school girl. do you work for a living? what you said translates to: im a mindless, hyper consuming, trustfundbaby who is brain washed by advertising. i want to be just like the cool dudes with pretty stickers and fashionable surf gear!
style is about HOW you surf. if you consider 'style' being fashionable while walking down the beach then you should gay-bash yourself.
claiming you haven't owned a tufflite since 2008... was that during your 'confused' phase in college?
your wrong about v bottoms. most modern 'small wave' shortboards have concave to V out the tail. but you shouldn't think to hard about it, its over your head.
yeah, i just make fins by beating on them with rocks and sticks. lol. i grew-up working in a glass shop. have family members who've also worked in the industry for along time. sh!t, i learned how to layup fins from the masters at rainbow fins. but you've never heard of them because you obviously haven't surfed too long kid. i can tell you'd get mean-mugged right out of lineup most places. yeah, your one of those.
why don't you get back on your razor scooter and wiggle your way back to fashion week... cupcake
I'm all about the DIY... but I don't underestimate the skill of a great fin foiler. It takes a good eye and a good hand... even better if you have two! I've built a lot of fins, mostly out of wood, but will tell you I'm no master, and would much rather trust the guys at True Ames or Rainbow than myself when it comes to building a perfect fin. There's no shame in saying you're a lousy fin foiler... it's a special skill set, IMO.
As far as ventilation goes... I'm not sure fin box drag and ventilation are related. But I will say that once the plug slots are filled with water (not air... that would be my guess) it's the same effect... very little drag. The cosmetic issue is a personal choice.
you said it yourself: the V travels down the centerline of the tail...right where the center box is.
Actually, I've owned several rainbow fins - they're decent, but I've had better. They're made in Santa Cruz, just north of where I surf...didn't know they had a factory in jersey. As far as your "apprenticeship", I wouldn't be surprised, at this point, if you're blowing that way out of proportion, too.
you can sit around and mean mug all you want, but I wouldn't give a **** considering I'd be busy surfing...and well. Style is all inclusive. I surf with style and make an effort to not look like or carry myself like a slob, either...similar to most decent surfers. I guess you have a beef against anyone with an airbrush job on their board or color on their wetsuit or their fins, etc? - all of those are form, not function.