The fins you put in your favorite surfboard can play a huge role in your performance on that board. On Boardcave.com, we’ve heard some people even claim that your choice in surfboard fins can impact up to 40% of your performance. With so many different boards and different conditions, it’s important to think about different fins and fin setups that work the way the shaper intended the board to be ridden.
The best thing is, just like surfboards, fin design, templates and experimentation is almost endless. But before you dive head first into testing, its great to know a little bit about how each characteristic can impact your surfing performance. Let’s start with the basics.