Which Surfboard Fins Should I Buy?

Fins are an extremely important aspect of surfing, however they are often neglected and more focus is often given to surfboards. This is a big mistake in our opinion as fins play a vital part in overall surfing performance. This is one of the reasons why pro surfers spend a lot of time testing different fins and set-ups.

Here is our simple fin product guide, to help you choose the right types of fin for your style of surfing.

Laid back / Cruisy Style of surfing

If you're more of a fan of taking it easy and have a relaxed, cruisy style of surfing then you want to go for a fin that will enable this. We recommend our 'trippy hippy fin' suitable for longboards or single fins. This fin pays homage to the 70s and 80s era of surfing and is perfect for that mellow ride.

High Performance Surfing

If you're someone who likes to whip the tail and release the fins, and perform really critical turns, tight in the pocket and on the face of the wave then you'll want fins that are more suited to high performance surfing. We have a few high performance fins that offer flex, strength and performance suited to an intermediate to advanced surfer. Our recommended fins are the 'Speed Freak FCS Performance' and 'Sunrise - Bamboo & Honeycomb FCS Quad Fins'


For surfers that like to mix it up and try different boards and fin set-ups, we highly recommend 'The Twinny' which offers speed, ease and responsiveness. This particular fin pays hommage to the past, whilst offering the experimental surfer a lot to get radical with.

Inserting Fins - How To Insert Fins

It is relatively straightforward to insert your fins as we stock common FCS and Futures fin set-ups. It all depends on the types of fins you're wanting to insert as to the process. It's worth noting, at this juncture, that FCS has two types of fin boxes, FCS I and FCS II. The difference between the two is that FCS II are designed to easily fit and remove your fins without any need for tools and screws. They are backwards compatible with FCS I and require a converter kit if you have FCS I fins you want to fit in your FCS II system.

Step 1 - Place the front part of the fin at a slight angle when you come to slot the fins in.

Step 2 - Slot the front section in first and then the base making sure the fin is secure in the box

Step 3 - Tighten with grub screws

Step 4 - Test the fin for movement by gently using a little bit of force either side. If the fin is secure there should be little movement from side to side.

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