I got a new pair of fins, the 5" Vipers, yellow dot.
They're really comfortable but I think they've got too
much thrust for me--I've got a fallen arch in my left
foot and after using the fins a few times I've got a
sharp pain on the outside of the foot if I try to kick
with the fins on. I'm gonna wait for the foot to recover
and then try using them again, but I really can't afford to
screw up that foot more than it already is--so before I go and shell
out $40-$50 for yet another pair of fins, I'm thinking
of cutting these down a bit to try and reduce the thrust.
I know that people cut a bit off the blade of one of their
fins for drop-knee riding, but does anyone do it just to
reduce thrust? And if so, how much would you cut off, and
would you cut them at an angle so they'd have blades like
churchills, or just cut them straight across?
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Thread: Modifying Fins?
Jul 15, 2008, 07:40 PM #1
Instead of cutting off the fin straight across. The ridge that goes along the fin (stiff part) just cut a little slot inbetween that and the rest of it. This will give the fin more flex without losing area that you kick with. It will leave you with more capable thrusting power but it will be flexible as well.
Jul 15, 2008, 08:11 PM #3
I don't know exactly what your fins look like. But I got churchills. The stiff part that runs along the sides which gives it the thrust. If you were just to cut a straight line (or a very thin V) to ensure that the fin is still there. It would give the nose of the fin a lot of flex. Just enough so that the fin will flex in the middle. After you do that, you can always cut the stiff part off later when you have it where you want it if you don't want those stiff things just kinda sticking out.
Make sure you don't cut too far. Its better to go small, test it out then cut again if you need to.
Box cutter? Razor blade? Those should work cutting it. Don't do it with your foot in the fin
Jul 15, 2008, 08:24 PM #5
OK, that sounds good. They've got vertical side rails down each side of the blade, similar to the churchills, but higher I think. Maybe an Exacto knife will work. thanks.
Jul 15, 2008, 10:59 PM #7ExtremeSpongerChicks Guest