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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    milton delaware

    long board fin setup question

    I rarely log...maybe 5-10 times a year...but really enjoy the rush now and then of going fast on a 9 foot board. Not interested in nose riding at all...lined up, semi hollow waist - chest high waves, slotted, high line kind of stuff. Since i wont longboard enough to really dial stuff in, i'm interested in how these fin setups might ride. So far the only one ive used is the single squirrel fin and find it really springs you off the bottom and shoots you down the line. board is HP 9' x 22 1/2" X 2 3/4"
    Setup one- 9" squrrel fin:Setup two- 3.25" side bites, 6.5" cutawaySetup three- 3.25" side bites, 7" takayama off an old single fin egg:
    Last edited by mitchell; Jun 2, 2011 at 03:22 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    I have a fin similar to the squirrel fin on my 9-0 Bing Trimulux (single fin only) and it is the bee's knees for everything from mushy crap to solid chest + fun surf. Since you have a 2+1 you may also want to try 4.5" sidebites with a 4.5" trailer for a true thruster set-up. I have found large-wave nirvana with this setup on my 9-4 Soul Performance speed log. Nice hold on steep faces and great tight (for a longboard) turns. Of course when we get head to overhead surf, you will probably grab a shortboard and leave the log alone in the garage pining for you to return. . .

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    North Wildwood ,Nj
    the first fin will have nice flex and make the board really responsive in turns it will work in knee to head higg conditions.

    The second fins set up is reall a wasit of time . I find 2+1 set ups like that to me rather useless . They dont have any drive and I find the tail to slip out of sharp turns.

    The third set up is a step in the right direction. the Bigger center fin will give you more drive , and flex off the fin . I would lose the side bites they would really serve on purpose imo

  4. #4
    Have used 2+1 fin setup in Hatteras for 15 years, works great.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Norfolk, VA
    The 2+1 has really been a misused setup. Unfortunately, it's been a real magnet for guys that think that want the latest gadget or (never having a single fin) think that a single fin either can't turn or is for geezers. The truth is, with the right shape, 2+1s can enhance performance.

    Personally, I think they require a "performance" longboard shape, with a narrower tail and some "V" for transition from rail to rail. I also think that (using it with the right shape) a 2+1 setup is ideal setup in steeper waves (OBX). While some may use 2+1s on a noserider, putting that setup on a wide, flat-tailed & soft railed board is a waste of money. Soft rails provide all the hold you need in steep waves and if you want to crank tight turns, the noserider just isn't the tool for the job.

    All that being said, I think, of the three, that the squirrel fin is best for what you plan to do with it. The side bites will induce more drag than benefit for taking the high line and drawing a line down the face of a flatter (i.e. semi-hollow) wave. Personally, I'd put a Greenough 4A and lose the side bites for that. Just my 2 cents.

    Oh...and to sorta echo what Mikey said, my 10' Cluster V has 5.5" sidebites and 3" trailer. On steep, juicy waves, that board can pull off some incredible stuff. Tiny tail, though, and good amount of "V".
    Last edited by Ray F.; Jun 3, 2011 at 03:10 AM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    in the grace of the most holy FSM
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray F. View Post
    Personally, I'd put a Greenough 4A and lose the side bites
    the greenough 4A is my all-time favorite fin for single fins, whatever the type. i love the 10" i have in my 9'6" log & loved an 8" in my single fin egg while i had it. it's a great fin.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Monmouth Beach, NJ
    I'm going to have to both agree and disagree with Ray... for what you want to do ditch the sidebites, and stick with a single fin... whatever you like in terms of size, flex and template. I have had great success with 2+1 setups on HPLBs with concaves... sometimes in combination with vee, chined rails, etc.... but always some kind of concave. Thin, light, rockered out longboards with shortboard rails and concaved bottoms work well with sidebites and the right sized center fin. The cutaway in the pic is too small, IMO. My all time favorite setup for an HPLB was a 8" cutaway with sidebites on a board with deep double concaved vee. Yes... the tail did slide out on hard turns, but that's what I liked about it.

    But getting back to what you want to do... high, speedy trim line in medium sized surf... go with the dragless feel of a pure single fin. You don't need all that tip on the squirrel tail fin if you don't noseride. But if you like that feel, go with it... or try a Harbor fin.... lots of rake, lots of tip... lots of leverage. Flex fins feel great, too, and I recommend getting one just for fun. I like the Josh Farberow Flex Fin over the Greenough... wider template and tip. But maybe that's because I'm a bit bigger than average.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Jun 3, 2011 at 01:36 PM.

  8. #8
    single fin in the mush. 2 plus 1 if its good generally speaking. if your tail is super bouyant then ditch the 2 plus 1 and ride something else when its doin it