i keep hearing that singkle fins are great in the tube not that we get a ton of tubes on the east coast but more than ten times i have heard this. is this simply because the single fin finds the pocket of the wave more. with a thruster you have more freedom of movement and te single fin likes to hug the pocket. am i correct in saying this?i love a single fin longboard but love thrusters when the surf gets serious or for travel boards. thrusters hold tight on a nice drop and i would assume a single fin would spin out a lot easier-maybe i am wrong never surfed one with a shirtboard
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Oct 25, 2013, 01:21 PM #11Senior Member
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Oct 25, 2013, 01:42 PM #12
Oct 25, 2013, 01:42 PM #13
When I worked for **** Brewer during the 80's, he told me a Thruster is basically a modified single fin. He described it as taking the single fin and dividing it into three. Then you distribute them to three points on the tail.
He said what it lacks is the depth a single fin has. Because they sit so deep in the wave, they have far more hold. That is why they hold so well in the barrel. High and tight. On a good single fin, you can crank a bottom turn as hard as you can.
Think BK at Sunset during the 70's.
Oct 25, 2013, 10:52 PM #15
Now all we need are some waves here along the Atlantic. GFS has a storm next Thursday, aka Halloween, that is closer to the coast (maybe some south wind fetch on the east side of it?) versus the Euro which has it further West. I want the surf, but if Halloween is cancelled 2 years in a row due to weather, well, I don't know, the kids around here may freak out The Dad in me says further west, the surfer in me says towards the coast. We'll see how it all plays out, but man we're overdue for a swell that has a set that makes you say Holy S#4t.
Anyway, the classic single fin quiver. First board, the O'Neill single fin was a garage sale purchased for $8. I will never let that go and still ride it from time to time. I still remember that first wave when I actually did a bottom turn, and rode it until the wave died. Stoked.
Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 PM #16
Back in 76' bought a board from Claude Cogden " Sunshine Surfboards" it was 6'-3" swallow tail single fin, the board was one of the best board I have ever surfed, it made my style smooth and consistent but still had the opportunity to turn on a dime, ragged it out and have never found one like that again...damn I loved that single fin board.