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    Fin Problem

    Yesterday i was surfing with some friends who are just learning in knee high waves. I was letting them borrow old long boards while i rode my shortboard. I wanted to try riding a longer board cause the waves were smaller so i traded and long story shor my friend rode my board to close to the beach and broke a fin at the base of it. I know i will have to buy another set of fins but the problem is i cant get one half of it out. Ive tried everything from using plyers to trying to squeeze a knife under it but i cant get it. Any hints on how to get it out. Any help is appreciated thanks

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    what kind of fin is it? future? fcs? one broke from my future. i took a screw and drove it in the the front of the broken fin (make sure you dont screw into the box haha) and i took the claw and pried it out. with fcs i did the same thing. both worked

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    You may want to drill a small pilot hole so the screw doesn't expand the broken part and wedge it in tighter

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    use a slide hammer. (A vice grip with a puller on the end of it to yank it out.) Did you loosen the set screw?? Ha!

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    Slide hammer or vice grip could shatter the glass around the fin box. Post a picture so we can see the problem. Also WD40 the base of the fin before appling any more pressure.

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    True, Just don't get ridiculous with it.

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    I broke a fcs fin and got it out by drilling a small hole in the center of the piece still inside the plug. Then carefully with a screwdriver I put in a screw that was just a little larger in diameter than the hole I drilled. Using pliers I pulled on the screw until the piece popped out.

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    Get a drill, get a small drill bit, drill in to the piece that is stuck in the fin box and pull her on out. I snapped a center fin on a longboard in half on my garage door last weekend. Forgot to take in to account the height of the door and SNAP! The good news is that the board didn't get damaged, just snapped that fin in half.

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    Or..... Just tell your friends that they ruined the board and make them pony up the dough for a new one.

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    Here's a YouTube showing what Bill_NJ suggests:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r7c3bvRm7I