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I'm 5'6" / 135lbs and ride a 9'8" Gary Hanel single fin. Poly board, heavily glassed. I ride it with a 10" 4A or a 9" fin that is more upright as opposed to the 4A which has lots of rake. Being able to switch out/move fins really changes the characteristics of the board. IMO, single fins are the way to go. If you can, try to ride as many different logs as possible. Folks around these parts are kind enough to answer questions and might even swap boards with you in the lineup for a few waves.


Got your PM but figured I would post to this thread. My experience with 3D printing fins so far is this: FDM parts are not strong enough on their own. They've got to be laminated. Might have better luck with CNC, SLA, or SLS, but all I've got is an FDM printer. The other issue is time. By the time I was finished with CAD and printing, I could have cranked out a few fins by hand. Lack of surf and geographical relocation have put my experiments on hold for now, but if there are any other developments in the future that yield improvement in results I will definitely post them. Good luck!

PS - If you haven't already seen this, it's a tour of the Futures factory

Futures Fins Factory Tour

Tour of the manufacturing facility happens halfway through.


There's a problem with using percentages to represent the volumetric ratio of compounds present in fracking fluids. I've read that on average, a well requires between 3 and 5 million gallons of water, or 4 million gallons on average. That clever poster indicates that a only half a percent of fracking fluids contain additive which are clearly safe for people, like solvents and salt compounds. Looking at this in absolute numbers rather than relative terms: 20,000 gallons of chemicals pumped into the ground on average for each well. I can't get behind that. As if water itself isn't a precious resource... 4 million gallons. what a waste. Multiply that by all the wells drilled to date.

Just because a chemical compound is found in household goods, does not mean it's safe or environmentally friendly. Then of course there's the risk that the industry is not being honest about all the compounds contained in the fluid.

The statement about natural gas not being toxic? I guess asphyxiation is safe for people now too.

Lastly, that gas is for export, which is exactly the reason some people want to put an LNG transfer station off the coast.

Out of curiosity, exactly how much money does a well owner make off a well during the first year and subsequent years?

Learning how to kick out if the wave properly on a log is a critical step to going leashless. Your judgement will improve, the quality if the waves you ride will improve, as well as your wave count. And don't be greedy. You will now realize the ability to get into waves much earlier than your shortboard brethren. Even though you might be deeper,, better position, etc., don't paddle for every wave. this is a better philosophy in general than being an ass. Sometimes I let an entire set pass if I see the guys on potato chips struggling, but that's just me.

Probably the same person that leaves their shoes at MPHC  8)

There is a FB page dedicated to sharing information for the Long Beach community.

surprised nobody mentioned buoy tow-at's or buoy wake riding... 

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