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Why Bigger is Better // Shaper’s Fin Recommendation

TODD'S TAKE:rozsa-home-papaleo-1200

More positive hold and drive off the bottom with springier release out of turns; anyone and everyone will notice the difference.

The best surfing starts with a strong power base;

the fundamentals;  turns that use both the fins and rails in conjunction with one another.

If you rely on simply pushing your fins around, then you are missing out on half the dynamic fun of aggressive surfing.....and you are even missing out if you are a "non-aggressive happy-speed-gliding" kind of surfer.

The best way to tap in and harness speed is by using fins that have the right amount of base to create leverage and drive

when you push that rail over; however hard or light you push your rails through turns doesn't matter.... what matters is that you still get the same effect from a fin with some base to it - what you get is "get up and go"," speed", "drive", "control", "bigger sprays", "loftier airs", etc....it ranges the gamut and it's positive stuff. Don't get robbed by riding fins that don't have enough base, instead, get on some fins that bring the juice and turn up the froth.

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I design a lot of drive into my boards using fast rockers and concaves that force the water through the hull contours of the board....this efficient water flow creates both speed and grip.

So you don't have to use small fins to reduce drag to try and create speed....instead it is best to imagine a formula one racecar that has a gnarly engine under the hood; then imagine what kind of tires that kind of a car needs - big. grippy speedy ones that will hold a corner and run flat out in the straightaways. This is how I look at fins in conjunction with the "engines" I put into my shapes. So, get some formula one tires and hit the gas.

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FCS options Buy in the Online Shop

LARGE >> the large is a really drivey fin but still has a lot of pivot and release in the lip but will also hold a rail really good in a carve, so it’s a really good all around versatile fin [RECOMMENDED RIDER WEIGHT FROM 150 - 195+ lb | 68 - 98+ kg]
BASE: 4.60" / 11.68 cm // HEIGHT: 4.75" / 12.1 cm // RAKE: 2.13" / 54 mmpman-fcs-colors_HDR_1195

EXTRA LARGE >> larger base, rakier tip is really good for creating a lot of drive and holding a rail in turns
[RECOMMENDED RIDER WEIGHT FROM 165 - 250+ lb | 74 - 113+ kg]
BASE: 4.87" / 12.37 cm // HEIGHT: 4.75" / 12.1 cm // RAKE: 2.13" / 54 mm

Futures options  Buy in the Online Shop

LARGE >> the large is a really drivey fin but still has a lot of pivot and release in the lip but will also hold a rail really good in a carve, so it’s a really good all around versatile fin [RECOMMENDED RIDER WEIGHT FROM 150 - 195+ lb | 68 - 98+ kg]
BASE: 4.60" / 11.68 cm // HEIGHT: 4.75" / 12.1 cm // RAKE: 2.13" / 54 mmfutures-power-broker-mendia-board

EXTRA LARGE >> larger base, rakier tip is really good for creating a lot of drive and holding a rail in turns
[RECOMMENDED RIDER WEIGHT FROM 165 - 250+ lb | 74 - 113+ kg]
BASE: 4.87" / 12.37 cm // HEIGHT: 4.75" / 12.1 cm // RAKE: 2.13" / 54 mm