Friday April 15, 2011
HOW TO SURF BETTER - GET HEXCORE FINS
Looking to surf better, stay in the tube longer, surf more vertical, or just surf faster? Surfing better can be as simple as changing out your fin setup. The right surf fins can make all the difference in your surfing. At True Ames, we have a bunch of fin templates to fit your style, board, and surf conditions. Whether you are just learning to surf, or a pro on the world tour, a common goal is to improve your surfing, and it’s as easy as trying different fins.
Our Hexcore technology fins give you more drive and perfect flex. These fins are available in FCS compatible, Futures compatible, and glass on, Single Fins, 2+1 Setups and Bonzers. Not only does the Hexcore perform better but is also 25% lighter than standard fiberglass fins! Try a new set of Hexcore fins today and start to surf better.
Most people don’t realize that the fins on their board have a very important role in how well they are surfing. Fins that are too big are going to obviously make the board hard to turn, fins too small will slide and not give you drive. Fine tuning your fins is trial and error but when you dial in the perfect setup, you will surf better for sure, Immediately feeling like your riding a different board! One of the main things you want to accomplish with your fin setup is to get the most drive and then turns will follow.
A Hexcore fin is going to give a lot of drive where plastic molded fins will not. If you’re surfing smaller fun waves you may want to go with smaller fins to allow more release on your turn and better turning radius. When surfing bigger, more powerful waves, switch to larger fins for more drive and more drawn out turns to keep from sliding out on critical sections. The size of the fins in relation to the waves you are surfing is the first step to improve your surfing. Not all fin templates are created equal! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different fin templates. Here are some key point on fin design to help you choose the right surf fin to help you surf better.
Flex Flex is a very important element in our designs. The right flex can improve your surfing. Many of our fins come with a tuned flex. A fin that has flex can be very different than a fin without flex. The flex concept brings to life an otherwise average ride. Cutbacks have more power and bottom turns have more projection.
Foils True Ames Fins incorporate a constant foil which means you will not find any flat spots on our fins that may cause water disturbance which will ultimately cause poor performance. Smaller fins do not need to be so thick to have the proper foil.
Size The depth of your fins is measured from base to tip vertically. Adjusting your fin size will affect the performance of your board. Larger fins provide more stability and control, so a larger board will need bigger fins.
Template The outline of a fin is what determines the area and the look. The way the area is distributed on the fin is what makes fins individual and work in so many different ways. A wide base fin with a wide tip is the most stable but not forgiving. A narrow base fin with a narrow tip will be very loose and fast but unstable at slow speeds. The fin’s sweep (or rake angle) affects the board’s ability to carve turns. A more vertical fin will make tight turns and fast directional changes while a more raked fin will carve wider arcs and handle more power through turns. Tail width is also a factor in fin choice. Narrow tail boards do not require deep fins because there is less distance from the fin to the rail. A wide board requires a deeper fin than a narrower board.