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    Captain Fin co D fin

    I was thinking about getting a new fin for my longboard and was thinking about this one, btw its a Thomas Campbell 8.75 by Captain fin co

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    whatchya think? anyone have experiences with these types of fins and how they ride? just wanted some opinions on the fin , thanks for reading

  2. What board are you putting it on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgarbutt View Post
    What board are you putting it on?
    9' x 21 1/2" x 2 5/8" longboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish66 View Post
    9' x 21 1/2" x 2 5/8" longboard
    These dimensions seem way into the HP end of longboards. Its about as low in volume as a longboard gets. Even if you could figure out a way to get that fin into the board's finbox, which is unlikely, it may be too much surface area for your board.

  5. The issue with the d-fins are that unless the fin box is placed right near the tail, they will not fit in the box. The trailing edge of the fin will hit the board before it can fully fit in the box. The fin is made to fit in boxes located 2-3" off the tail which is typical for classic noseriders & pigs. I am going to bet the fin box on your board is more like 5-6" up from the tail, so it probably wont fit.

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    sorry i still don't get why it wouldn't fit in my fin box, if my box is the same length as another then why would its position relative to the tail change how the fin fits?

  7. The trailing edge (the back of the fin) will hit the board before you can full get the fin in the box. It has nothing to do with the length of the box, but where it is positioned on the board. A d-fin is designed to be placed as far back on the board because it is a pivot style fin. A d-fin is not made to be put on every board. If you want to spend $60 to find out that it won't work its up to you, just trying to offer a bit of advice. This is an idea placement (in my opinion of a d-fin). This is on a Gene Cooper Flex Pig


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    Quote Originally Posted by fish66 View Post
    whatchya think? anyone have experiences with these types of fins and how they ride? just wanted some opinions on the fin , thanks for reading
    a couple thoughts, both totally disregarding whether the fin will physically fit into the box or not:

    1. unless you're surfing a lined up point style wave like malibu, "D" fins suck, IMO. they're great for making a bottom turn, setting a line, & walking the board; they hold high in the wave face like a champ. but forget making any kind of quick (relatively speaking) direction changes. far too much surface area to change direction w/ any haste. i ran one in my 9'6"x23 1/8"x3 1/4" log, a board i genuinely love. the "D" fin turned it into a dog.

    2. the captain fin co. fins are cool looking, sure...but they are outlandishly expensive when compared to a non-hipster artist painted fin of the same type. what's the price of the t-mo "D" fin? $80-$100? you can get one from true ames, fins unlimited, or rainbow fin co. for close to half that. & it won't be made in china.

    what are you running in your board now? as someone else pointed out, the dims indicate that it's on the hp end of the scale, so i'm guessing it's a 2+1 set up? i'd suggest the true ames greenough 4A around 9" if you want to try the single fin approach.
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    ^ +1. Rode a D fin glassed on a early 60s hobie pig shape when I was in college...the retro feel was cool on small waves...but had limits pretty quick...lots of respect for the generation that ripped on those things...not easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranded in Smithfield View Post
    ^ +1. Rode a D fin glassed on a early 60s hobie pig shape when I was in college...the retro feel was cool on small waves...but had limits pretty quick...lots of respect for the generation that ripped on those things...not easy.
    Seriously, when you watch old Bruce Brown flicks, it's really easy to watch those guys and say, "man, those guys don't surf any better than I do."

    Then you start thinking about the equipment that they're using or didn't have that we take for granted. Robert August taking off into close outs at Barkings Sands on a 10' longboard with a DFin and making it look easy. Or all the guys surfing Rincon (California, not PR) in January, without wetsuits. It's amazing how the advances in gear have made surfing so much easier and accessible.
    Last edited by zaGaffer; Mar 5, 2013 at 03:20 PM.