Unconventional fins

Discussion in 'Surfboards and Surfboard Design' started by JTS, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. JTS

    JTS Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2010
    D979F4EC-9FF6-448E-8528-17E72CF2A70F.jpeg I’m always always interested in seeing the new stuff that people are trying. Admittedly some of it is BS, ( like the Fat Penguin haha)
    Anyway saw some fins that Robin Mair a long time shaper out of Kauai had been doing
    He has a bunch of different designs, figured I would try a set on a board I liked that I’ve used different fin set ups on. I know how the board feels so I thought I would have a baseline

    Started with a set of his Q2s quads
    They definitely helped the board, quicker to turn initially, felt like less friction or drag
    Kept them in the board
    Need to leave will continue story later
    Jim
     
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  2. JTS

    JTS Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2010
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    Since the Q2s definitely improved my dynaglyde , I thought I would contact Robin next time I wanted some fins

    I picked up a quad fish from Scott Busbey at Natural Art. Used a set of FCS2 performers and the board went good, but thought different fins might improve it
    I sent Robin a picture and description of the board and he suggested some different fins. The set he felt would be the best were a VERY unconventional looking set (WTF/XTC combination)

    Had a good chance to try them out yesterday in a fun chest to shoulder swell. Although they look really strange , they definitely helped the board. It was much looser, cutbacks were easier and smoother and it still had good drive. Usually when fins are loose for me they lack drive, and when they are drivey they are tracky .

    My point of sharing all this is to let y’all know that Robin Mair and his Hanalei Fins are legit, if you aren’t afraid to try some strange looking fins check his stuff out.
    I’ve included some pictures so you can see exactly how far out these fins look
     

  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Far out is right, wow.
     
  4. oipaul

    oipaul Well-Known Member

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    May 23, 2006
  5. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
  6. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Interesting fins. But the rails of the board--it looks like shaper was drunk as hell when he was shaping it.....was he/she??
     
  7. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I didnt like the speed dialers either...to me it just felt like too much fin. Stiff.

    Fins mystify me. I've had a love hate feeling about twin keel fins. latest board - 5'2" small wave board - I thought for sure the Futures K1 keels would be too much fin for the small waves i use the board in. I love the way they feel in this board even in waist high waves.

    Quad fins in general, i like the front fins to have way more size than the rear fins. The board i rode in 8 foot El Salvador had the same medium size front/small rear quad setup i ride in waist high slop. Dropping into those bombs i kept waiting for the tail to wash out but it never did. The board even has a wide tail. To me that made no sense in that pumping surf.
     
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  8. Gfootr

    Gfootr Well-Known Member

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    Dec 26, 2009
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  9. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Those are very inexpensive. Great for a surfing family on a budget, to keep the kiddies wet and stoked.
     
  10. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Why the asymm set up on the outside fins?
     
  11. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Agreed pavel too curvy and bendy for the jersey juice.

    I have a summer fishy quad.
    6'6"x21"x3."
    I am an amalekite.
    Double bump swallow.
    Raised deck.
    Futures scimitar, the original ones.
    Board flies in small surf.
    Start feeling like i should lose it lowtide freighttrain maalea jersey juice beachbreak and i can literally feel the sharp straight up and down rear fins hold.
    Unbelievable board.
    Amazing fins.
    Experimentation.
     
  12. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    well... the price is right!
     
  13. Brendan44

    Brendan44 New Member

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    Aug 10, 2019
    It's really a good idea considering I'm trying to save these times