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Which Fin System Is Right For You???

Words by Secret Spot

on 10/06/2019 17:34:55

Which Fin System Is Best For You?

Choosing the right fins for your new stick can seem like a mind game at times. The fin system on your board is one of the most important decisions you could make ( Try surfing without any ??? ). With different sizes different materials and different constructions there is surely a lot of choice  out there on the market. With many Co's offering weight and size ratio guides you can now check out what size fins you should be riding, remember what works for an 8 stone grommet is not going to work for a 15 stone guy. Be honest about your surfing ability and what you would like to achieve. If your not punting airs which i'm guessing is like the vast majority of us then go for a fin which carves and links turns together. If you are a budding John John Florence and want to play the vertical attack and air game then there is plenty of choice for you too. Here' a quick lowdown on the mainstream fin systems currently on the market and some background information on those innovative company's.


Future fins are a US based company. Born in California Future fins was set up by the Longo brothers. Both surfers and engineers by trade they used their surfing knowledge and engineering skills  to come up with the unique product which was both functional and practical and not to mention the latest in cutting edge fin technology.

Continually experimenting with new fin designs and shapes, their proximity location next to Huntington beach means a fin can be dream't up designed and cut in a few hours then straight down the beach for some product testing. They've admittedly got it wrong in the early years but now with an in depth knowledge and design process they continue to get it right. In recent years the Future fin has become the No 1 selling fin system in the US and their team riders list is like a who's who of the surfing elite.


Fin fitting

Probably the easiest of all the fin systems on the market to fit. Simply slide in the the fin , it anchors itself at the back then the front of the fin is tightened by one allen key grubscrew which secures in seconds. Quick easy and simple to use there are no loose attatchments which can be lost while swapping fins in and out.


Now let's take a look at FCS Fin System.



The first mainstream removable fin company came about in the early 1990's. Brian whitty approached three local surfers from the Northern beaches are of Sydney with an idea about removable and interchangeable  fins. What a great idea it would be to be able to take your fins out while travelling to avoid airline damage and also more importantly be able to change your fins for performance to suit the conditions on that given day. An idea was born to secure fins to the board by inserting two plugs into the surfboard then the fins just simply slot in and out and are secured by two allen key grubscrews.


The fins were first released in Australia in 1992  and then released worldwide in 1994. FCS stands for Fin Control System and the product was patented shortly after the global release. FCS quickly transformed itself into the most widely recognised fin system on the market. Since its release it has won more ASP world titles and professional surfing contests than all its competitors, no other fin company can boast such true statistics like FCS can.

   Now lets take a look at a brand new FCS system the FCSII.



Fast forward 21 years into the future from the original FCS system, FCS came up with their concept FCSII. Not confident with having perhaps the most popular fin system on the market they wanted to better it and what a great job they have done.

The new FCSII system simply just clicks in with no grubscrews or tightening mechanism whatsoever, after a good surf you can quickly click them back out in seconds. This means the end of rounding off the screws or carrying small easy to loose allen keys in your pockets. Another plus point is the fins when they are in a collision or accident or are forced out with an impact they seem to pop out of the plugs leaving the fin boxes intact and just ready to insert another fin. One problem before with the original FCS was that people tend to over tighten them and instead of the fin coming out like its designed to do they ripped the fin plug bases out as well. Nearly all customers who have had FCSII have reported just missing fins in these kind of incidents not any problems with the plugs as you can not over tighten as they are pre-set for you before hand.

   The other major factor with the FCSII is that the original FCS fins will also fit which means all of your older fins are not relegated to the fin graveyard. Sound simple? That's because it is.  All you need is an FCSII Infill kit and you FCS fins will fit perfect. Easy.

So now you know whats the best out there, do your research check the weight to ratio stats so you can callculate whats best for you and have a look at the different constructions from plastic to the lighter more space age constructions which practically dont weigh anything at all. Happy fin hunting folks!!!