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  1. #1
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    Looking for: bodyboard fins or advice on buying them

    I'm getting really into bodysurfing with handplanes, and I would really dig a pair of fins. Ive heard 'da fin' and vipers are great, any advice? ALSO sell me some for less than a $50 new pair if you want, thanks

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    you're unlikely to find a good pair of bodysurfing fins for less than $50. da fin has always gotten great reviews from those who use them. i never have, so i can't comment. i wear duckfeet when i bodysurf, & i really like them. they're fast, semi-stiff, & accelerate really well, so you get up to speed quickly. i'm also a fan of the churchill makapu'u fin.
    i would tihnk that vipers are too short for bodysurfing & that they're more of a bodyboarding fin. i suppose it could just come down to personal preference, tho, so the best advice would be to try a bunch of different fins if you can before you go out & buy a pair.

    if you're ever in ocnj & want to try my duckfeet, i'd be happy to let you give them a go. i wear a size 10-10.5 shoe. my fins live in the back of my truck, so i've always got them.

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    You can get Vipers in 7" lengths as well as the 5". My preference for bodysurfing. I don't know much about bodyboarding, so on the rare occasion when I do it, anything works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sovereign View Post
    I'm getting really into bodysurfing with handplanes, and I would really dig a pair of fins. Ive heard 'da fin' and vipers are great, any advice? ALSO sell me some for less than a $50 new pair if you want, thanks
    churchills. i had vipers and if you surf in the winter you can use them. get churchills. they are so nice.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by BoogieNation View Post
    churchills. i had vipers and if you surf in the winter you can use them. get churchills. they are so nice.
    I second that, but for bodysurfing, i would go viper

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    Thanks yall, I've worn a pair of my friend's tech 9's or something and they literally make my ankles bleed when i take em out without socks haha. im definitely going to try to find a more comfortable pair.

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    I bodyboard alot and have tried a lot of fins. Vipers are really thick and heavy.

    Get kicks. Super light and fast. So comfortable. Feels natrual instead of clunky fins. Blisters arent a problem. http://www.atlanticbodyboards.com/ki...oard-fins.html

    If u are doing it in winter you may need a second bigger pair with booties on.

    BO$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sovereign View Post
    Thanks yall, I've worn a pair of my friend's tech 9's or something and they literally make my ankles bleed when i take em out without socks haha. im definitely going to try to find a more comfortable pair.
    its personal preference more than anything... i always wear fin socks, because no matter what fin I wear, then wreck my feet.

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    I'm using Hydro Tech 2s currently. Love them.

    Even when it's warm I usually wear socks. Lightweight Smartwool short socks work really well for me (minimal drag and they stay put). When it's colder, I layer heavy wool socks under 3mm neoprene socks - that's good for almost any temps.

    The Churchill Makapuus are easy to find at a lot of surf shops. I found them to be hard on my old arthritic feet (ie, too stiff). Maybe I'd feel differently about them now that I'm more conditioned for fins. I'd like to check out the various Viper models - lots of people swear by them. Same with the Kicks.

    Definitely get fin leashes.

  10. #10
    Grow a pair and dont use fin socks. Buy the right fins and dont hassle with socks.
    Build up calices and ur set for life.