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What fins would you use on this board?
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:43:32 PM »
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  • I just picked up a Inspired C3 Wizard (based loosely on a Lost MD), 6'1" x 19 5/8" x 2 1/2" with 5 Futures boxes.  It came with Futures F6 (5 fin package) in Thermotech (aka plastic), but I'm assuming they ship the F6 fins with just about every board.  While board wise I feel like I've finally dialed in what I like, I'm still in the dark on fins.


    I have the following fins available, what would be the first combo you tried in this board?  I thought the rear quad boxes would be closer to the "stringer" like a Mini Driver but they are pretty close to the front fins and rail.




    Futures Vector II F4 437 Thruster Composite Natural http://www.futuresfins.com/en-us/v2f4-right-thermotech-white-2140-106-50-detail
    Futures Vector II FJC1 460 Front Quad Composite Natural
    Futures Quad 400 Rear Quad Composite Natural
    Futures Techflex EA Thruster http://www.futuresfins.com/en-us/fea-techflex-purple-5570-409-00-detail
    Futures QD2 4.0 Rear Quad Honeycomb http://www.futuresfins.com/en-us/qd2-4-00---1-2-right-thermotech-white-1295-110-42-detail
    Futures F6 456 Thruster Thermotech http://www.futuresfins.com/en-us/f6-1165-101-00-detail
    Futures QD2 400 Rear Quad Thermotech http://www.futuresfins.com/en-us/qd2-4-00---1-2-right-thermotech-white-1295-110-42-detail
    TrueAmes KC Futures Thruster Honeycomb http://www.trueames.com/collections/futures-compatible/products/kc-futures-surf-fins-compatible


    Board is the green one which allows you to see where the fin boxes are placed.



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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #1 on: December 03, 2014, 01:04:28 PM »
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  • What's wrong w the Fins that are in it aka what are you looking to gain in another set, just some more flex or more speed or more skatey feel?  This is gonna sound pretty lame but I was looking at a bunch of fins for a board I have and put all the dims of the potential fins in a spreadsheet and then compared them all to what was already in there. Then went from there.


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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #2 on: December 03, 2014, 01:21:54 PM »
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  • What's wrong w the Fins that are in it aka what are you looking to gain in another set, just some more flex or more speed or more skatey feel?  This is gonna sound pretty lame but I was looking at a bunch of fins for a board I have and put all the dims of the potential fins in a spreadsheet and then compared them all to what was already in there. Then went from there.


    I own all the ones I listed above, so I can pick out of those.  I just got it on Monday so haven't even put a set of fins in it, hope to take it out Saturday morning for the first time.


    I have every board I've owned with dims, volume and notes in a spreadsheet so I guess I'm lame too haha.

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #3 on: December 03, 2014, 02:11:04 PM »
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  • I am pretty in the dark on fins as well. I do know the size of the fins base, rake and type of foil effect the way the water is going to move around the fin. I also know that the material that the fin is made from will impact the amount of flex the fins have. As far as being able to tell the difference in the water between plastic and honeycomb, I dont think my surfing is that good to notice huge differences lol.

    If your asking if you should go quad, thruster or quad and a little knubster... then I think that comes down to the type of wave and obviously preference.

    I personally run the f6 with the f4 rears in my 5-fin board most of the time. I've had the thruster set up in it and it felt way more slidey to me during the drop ins. I have ran the quad + knub and it gave it that extra turnability (i feel like budlight making up words now lol a.k.a drinkability) off the lip. On my fish i have the seaworthy quads.

    I wouldnt over analyze it too much, if Saturday turns out to be a good day, you should bring down some of your fins and play around with them to see what you like better. Looks like a nice board, have fun with it.

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #4 on: December 03, 2014, 02:15:49 PM »
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  • Fins are a major aspect of how your boards ride.
    How much do you weigh?
    How well do you surf?
    What style "Front foot" or "Back foot"?
    How heavy on the back foot if back footed?
    Power surfer? More finesse?
    How do you like the board to feel? In what kind of conditions? 

    Sometimes you want different fins for different conditions.

    I'm pretty sure Dorado told me he likes a stiffer feel/bigger fins in steeper/hollower waves.
    Some folks say they like bigger fins in small weak waves for more drive. 
     I ride YU thrusters and Stamps Quads in almost everything. Medium fins are the most I generally need. F6 fins are too big for me and I'm 170-175 lbs without a wetsuit. I am 6'2" with long legs so maybe not the most powerful surfer. 

    Oh yeah, my quiver from grovel to step up:
    5'10" Lost Bottom Feeder
    6'2" Mini Driver
    6'6" Maurice Cole Pro Tow

    I hate plastic fins, too much flex, always glass, honeycomb core for me, I like pretty stiff fins. 
    « Last Edit: December 03, 2014, 02:18:49 PM by Looseness »
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #5 on: December 03, 2014, 02:35:50 PM »
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  • I wouldnt over analyze it too much, if Saturday turns out to be a good day, you should bring down some of your fins and play around with them to see what you like better. Looks like a nice board, have fun with it.

    @OldSoul is right.  I started with the longer based fins and tried shorter and shorter ones until I found a feel I liked.  And in doing so, I also understood that the right answer is, "all of the above". 

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 02:43:54 PM »
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  • I'm 6'1" 175lbs before rubber.  Average ability, pretty down the line with a few turns.


    When it comes to thrusters:



    I've use the V2 F4 437 which is a pretty small fin in my 6'6" step up and have never felt like I needed more fin.


    On the flip side I've used the TrueAmes KC in a 6'3" short board and always felt like it was too much fin.


    Don't have enough waves on the Techflex EA to have an opinion on them yet.  I'll probably throw these in for now and see how it goes.  Will probably try the QD2 4.0 quad rears with the EA fronts for shits and giggles too?


    I haven't ridden a performance shortboard with quads, but I absolutely love the V2 FJC1/Quad 400 combo in my Sweet Potato.


    I'm starting to think I'm putting way too much thought into this.

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #7 on: December 03, 2014, 03:05:41 PM »
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  • get red ones - red is really fast

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #8 on: December 03, 2014, 03:12:30 PM »
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  • These work well for her


    alternatively this should work well
    "paddleboarding is bullshlt, where's my wine" anonymous

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #9 on: December 03, 2014, 04:06:24 PM »
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  • leave fins  and a key on the beach in a bag and experiment.
    EAs have a lot of area and I really think for serious waves or a rider at the top end of medium like 195lbs unless you like a stiff ride
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #10 on: December 03, 2014, 04:07:10 PM »
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  • of course if you are riding a board that's really short you could ride bigger fins.....
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #11 on: December 03, 2014, 05:11:53 PM »
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  • leave fins  and a key on the beach in a bag and experiment.
    EAs have a lot of area and I really think for serious waves or a rider at the top end of medium like 195lbs unless you like a stiff ride
    Everyone knows you like a stiff ride...
    "paddleboarding is bullshlt, where's my wine" anonymous

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    Re: What fins would you use on this board?
    « Reply #12 on: December 03, 2014, 05:23:54 PM »
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  • leave fins  and a key on the beach in a bag and experiment.
    EAs have a lot of area and I really think for serious waves or a rider at the top end of medium like 195lbs unless you like a stiff ride
    Everyone knows you like a stiff ride...


    OH!  :o 
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....