An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Futures Fins in an amazing company and they offer amazing products, I stress "products", because Futures Fins offers a ton of surfboard fins. If you're reading this article I assume that you already know that your board takes Futures Fins. However, if you're not sure, keep in mind that Futures Fins are only compatible with surfboards that have Futures Fins boxes installed. Now, whether you're a novice or an expert surfer what you may not know is that a different set of fins can drastically change how a board feels and surfs. When I say drastically I mean it. Trust me when I say this, do NOT get rid of a surfboard because you don't like the way it surfs if you've never changed the fins on it. Change the fins!
The first thing to keep in mind with Futures Fins is that smaller fins are typically for smaller surfers and larger fins are for larger surfers. You may find as your surfing matures you like a "looser" feel, or "more drive". If that's the case simply buy a slightly smaller or slightly larger set for your weight range. If you have multiple boards please note that you may like smaller fins on one board and larger fins on another. Also, as a general rule if your surfing bigger waves you're going to want a bigger set of Futures Fins and vice versa.
Once you've narrowed down the size Futures Fins you like, the next thing is material. "Composite" tends to be the most flexible and least expensive, but keep in mind composite fins won't hold their flex patterns over time. With Futures Fins the next step up is "solid glass" and "hex core" fins. Glass will give you the most traditional feel, while hex core will allow for a bit more flex and in some cases are designed with a certain flex pattern in mind. With Futures Fins top of the line fins, you're typically getting some element of carbon placed strategically within the fin. This is so that Futures is able to design a specific fin to flex in a specific way which ultimately translates into more speed.
The last Futures Fins fin element to keep in mind is template. At a very base level, the more upright a fin is the more it will pivot, or turn on a dime, the more rake a fin has the more it will led itself to long drawn out turns. This is where wave type comes into play. For bigger waves with an open face you're typically going to want more rake with your Futures Fins, while for more up and down, in the pocket style surfing you're going to want a more upright template. Foil also plays a part in fin selection, but that gets a bit too technical for what we want to accomplish with this particular article.
The last thing to keep in mind when selecting a new set of Futures Fins is how many Futures Fins Boxes does your board have? Longboards can be single fin, then you have "shortboards" that can be twin fin, thruster, quad or 5-fin setups. A lot of shortboards that have Futures Fins boxes are now coming standard as a 5-fin so you have the option of running you're board as a quad or thruster. Again, generally speaking, a thruster will give you a tighter turning radius, while a quad will hold a line better. That said as your surfing evolves you'll probably gravitate towards one set up or the other.
At The Surfboard Warehouse, we've also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your "queue" of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you're comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that's why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which set you'd like to purchase and we'll get them to you.
At The Surfboard Warehouse, we are proud to say that we have sold Futures Fins over the internet longer than anyone else! So whether you're considering a single longboard fin, a new twin fin setup, a thruster, quad or 5-fin set, you know that we're able to help you get the exact set of Futures Fins that's best for you. If you're not sure which set of Futures Fins you need, pleas call us, we're here and we'll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.
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