August 07, 2020 5 min read
Surfboard fins are an integral design component that will impact how your surfboard will ride. Picking out the best fin for you depends on your size, style of surfing, and your board’s fin system. Afterall, picking out the wrong set of fins for your new surfboard is like having patched tires on a brand-new BMW. Diving into the subject of surfboard fin design may be an intimidating endeavour, but even a basic knowledge of fin design can make the right decision on fins for your next shred stick. Today we’re going to look into some fin options for the CI FishBeard, a favorite when it comes to small wave surfing.
The other major system for surfboard fins is the single tab Futures fin box. Introduced to the market in 1996, Futures fins offer a more solid bond to the board. While this design can offer less flex than other fin systems, these fins tend to be less likely to break than fins that are joined to the board using two tabs. That being said, fin setup is a key aspect of surfboard design, regardless of whether you’re using FCS I, FCS II, or Futures fins. In the case of the FishBeard, we’re looking at a two fin, or twin fin, setup. Overall, twin fin surfboards have a looser, skatier feel. This type of board will execute longer, more drawn out turns with a playful feel.