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What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby Onthewater860 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:24 pm

I just bought my first directional, a used slingshot angry swallow that came with a 4 fin set up. But the board can be set up 5, 4, 3 fin.
What does everyone prefer? Pro's/ cons?

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby sailcalifornia » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:56 pm

i have the same board, the stock fins are not stiff enough. I got a set of MR twins and the was amazed at how much better i went up wind.

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby Onthewater860 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:20 pm

What size find did you swap out? All 4?

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby The Captain » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:39 pm

It certainly seems to be voodoo...
There is little to no information as to what combinations of setup/size/stiffness do what when searching online, which I find surprising.

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby pixelpedro » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:45 pm

The Captain wrote:It certainly seems to be voodoo...
There is little to no information as to what combinations of setup/size/stiffness do what when searching online, which I find surprising.
The FCS site has a info on this, not sure if this helps but is what I used to order a set of fins for mine.
https://www.surffcs.com/support

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:21 pm

I always use thruster setup.

Dont like quads - feels like a TT or raceboard to me, tracks too much eventhough often better upwind - and the "surf" feel when you turn on the wave is lost (at least not as good...), even with smaller fins, in my experience.

But many like quads because it feels more skatey and TT like and better upwind :wink:

If you dont know, you wont feel the difference for a long time, so just choose what it got now then, easiest :naughty:
And try it yourself when you CAN feel every small difference, later :D
But beware, fin sizing and profile and stifness and topflex is just as, or even more, important !

8) Peter

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby Starsky » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:42 pm

If your using your surfboard as your light wind board, a quad is generally great for the modern flat wide fish or pill type grovellers.

If your on a small surfboard.... thruster.

Once I started foiling, I'll only use a thruster going forward. Will only be on a surfboard when its pretty good conditions and nothing feels as nice as a thruster on a small board when your not wanting for power.

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby jonysan » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:06 pm

Hi "onthewater"
Did your board come with two larger, and smaller fins ? try this, large fins in the front boxes, small fins in rear boxes = loose feel to turns, good easy carving, upwind ok.
now try small fins at front, large fins at rear, stiffer feel to initiate turns, probably wider arc carving, upwind good to excellent.
note-- when riding quad set-up try to get your back foot above the four fins, not too far forward.

Thruster will be the best "allround" set up.

Quads give good hold on very steep wave faces, and when the board is cranked right over, but maybe it's more fun to have the board "break out" slide sometimes ?

Good time to experiment !!

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby sailcalifornia » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:04 pm

Onthewater860 wrote:What size find did you swap out? All 4?
http://www.surffcs.com/shop/surf-specia ... pc-tri-set

these, i have run as both a twin and with the stabilizer fin as the call it. I find it much smother with the stabilizer.

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Re: What fin set up are people using on directional?

Postby Alysum » Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:37 pm

I'm also lost on which configuration let alone which futures fins to try on my Vader. There's so much choice yet little information. I've just decided I'm going to have to trial and error many settings and fins even though it's an expensive way to find out.


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