Longboard Fin Tips

Longboard Fin Tips

Longboard Fin Tips:The positioning of the drift depends on the surf style of the user. It is however useful to know that the more the central wing is placed forward, the more the user is free to move; the further back, the more the surfer gains stability.

The longboard drifts come in various models to choose according to the size of the board and the performance wanted by the surfer. Can be used alone, two, three or even four or five under a board, the option for a specific type of drift is based on its adaptability to the board. This takes into account its size, shape and location but above all, it depends on its fastening system.

The US Box longboard fin can move and hang over the length of the rail.
The longboard fin with FCS system is fixed by two independent plugs.
The longboard fin with FCS II system has the advantage of being able to be installed without screws or tools.
The FUTURE longboard fin has more impact resistance.
There are also interchangeable fastening systems.

How To Choose Your Bodyboard Fins

How To Choose Your Bodyboard Fins

How To Choose Your Bodyboard Fins: Bodyboard fins are an essential accessory, and their choice is almost as important as that of the board.

The fins are a key element of the Bodyboard team. They allow you to generate strong accelerations to catch waves, as well as pick up great distances to access the peak of the waves. The stiffness of the fins is the main criterion of choice. Soft fins will be more comfortable but less efficient than rigid fins. If you have questions, here we explain how to choose your bodyboard fins. Do not forget the attached fins if you do not want to see them disappear forever at the bottom of the sea.

Today I am going to talk about one of the most important accessories when it comes to bodyboarding, the fins. Many times people wonder if they are necessary to perform this sport. My answer is a resounding yes. And I’ll give you the reasons.

The selection criteria should be shape, rigidity, comfort and of course size.

The form:

There are many different designs on the market, but in reality, the shape does not have a big impact on the performance of the boogie boards. For bodyboarders who laugh in Prone (elongated), the shape does not matter. However, for those who practice the drop knee, it is better to choose fins that are not too long, or too wide and flexible.


The soft palms generate good propulsion, are fast and comfortable, but the start is slower. On the contrary, rigid fins generate immediate acceleration, but they are more physical, more demanding for the legs, and are therefore suitable for experienced riders looking for high-performance fins.


The comfort of the fins depends mainly on the flexibility of the rubber located at the level of the feet, as well as the ergonomics of the slipper.


It is essential that the fins are the right size so that the foot is well maintained, without the fins hurt. If you’re in between sizes, you can use neoprene socks or Pride’s Fin Pad.

The sizes vary by brand, but in general, these are more or less the following:

S: 38 to 39.5

– M: 40,5-42

– ML: 42-43

– L: 43-45

– XL: 45-47

Reasons to use bodyboard fins

The most important thing is security. If we do not have bodyboard fins, we could be stuck in a current and not be able to get out of it. Apart from that, the lifeguards on the beaches will only let us use our bodyboard in the areas recommended for the bath.

Many people wonder why with a surfboard it is allowed to enter the water without fins and not with a bodyboard. The explanation is simple, the surfboard is bigger, has more volume so it floats more and slides as fast or more than a person using its finned bodyboard, and this would make it be in the same conditions before a current.

The fins will give us the necessary propulsion to catch the wave and leave with the necessary speed to surf the wall with comfort and safety. In case of not taking them, we would not be able to catch the waves, and if we take it, we will most likely fall behind and not surf the wave wall.

Another reason and which we do not usually realize is that both legs and fins are used to hold us to the wall in those moments in which the wave becomes very vertical, being something similar to what they do. keels. If at the time of the takeoff (to lower the wave) we raise the fins of the water surely we lose all the grip of the tail, we go the bodyboard of side and we lose the wall of the wave.

These are many of the reasons why the use of bodyboard fins is mandatory. Also remember to always wear the fins, to avoid losing them in the case that the lip of the wave hits us in them or in a tumble because if this happens we would be without fins and it would be difficult to get out of the water.

What are the criteria to consider choosing fins?

What are the criteria to consider choosing fins?

The raise is very important in the choice of your fins. It will allow you to make beautiful turns without losing your speed. Depending on the width and length of the base of your fin, it will give you speed or not (a wide base offers while a thinner and shorter will not offer).

The catch is the second most important point in your decision. The bigger your fin, the less you will skid in the waves. In longboard for example, with a large flap, you can not skid or turn quickly.

Finally, the penetration will allow you to make more or less tight turns. A lying fin will bring a longer turn while a vertical will provide tighter turns.

Think safe!

You now know perfectly which wing will be ideal for your favorite board. But beware, in the water, you’re not alone do you know that the fins are responsible for half of the accidents in Surf? Bet on fins with soft edges, especially if you do not have the perfect control of your board!

Small or big fins for more stability in the stand-up paddle?

The choice of the size of the fins for your stand up paddle is a question that you ask yourself regularly, here are some answers.

If you are a little stable in your paddle surf or race, you can reduce the size of drift s. Isolated, it seems logical to put greater excesses to gain stability, but in the global context of the practice, it is not necessarily the right solution. For example, in case of lateral imbalance, you can try to compensate by relying on the opposite side of the imbalance. But on a small volume of a board, using the propeller effect to go up is much more effective.

Large drifts help to have fewer imbalances, but when the imbalance occurs, small drifts are easier to manage to return to balance. It’s more manageable and more nervous. Often people confuse the effects of a drift with those of a keel and its ballast.


On a flat paddle race or ride and if you want to go straight you can have a big fin.
With a lot of chops or a race start with 600 people like the Nautic of Paris, take a small fin to control more easily the imbalance.

How to choose your fins

How to choose your fins

How to choose your fins: Very important since they help you to maneuver, control your board in the waves but also to pick up speed, it is however sometimes a real puzzle to be equipped!

We often have questions that come back on the choice of fins, so we decided, by this article, to direct you a little (but we are of course available to help you)

FCS I, FCS II or Futures?

To begin, it is important to know the model of your boxes (the place where you will insert your fins). Since 2013, with the new arrival of the FCS II system, there are 3 on the market. The one in question, FCS I and Futures.

FCS or FCS I system: Easy to recognize, it is equipped with 2 lateral screws.

FCS II System: This is one of the latest innovations. Farewell screws, you do not need a single tool to disassemble and reassemble your fins! Basically, in the space of 2/3 seconds, you will be able to go from Quad to Thruster editing. Fortunately, you can still use this system, your fins FCS I system with a small accessory. Visually, he recognizes himself very well thanks to his orange ball (which is actually the blocking system).

Futures System: It clings with a single screw in the front.

Single, Twin-tip, Thruster or Quad

Then, you need to know what configuration your board can be equipped with, and which one you need to surf.

The assembly in Single End – Old School (a fin) will be perfect to turn, it will still not be the top in terms of stability. It is a configuration mainly adapted to longboard, where we do not look for speed.

Twin mounting (two fins), is one of the least known configurations! This assembly will be excellent at the level of the edge grip. In general, the boards mounted in Twin are retros fish.

Thruster editing (three fins) is the most used configuration in surfing, especially in Shortboard practice. It will offer you not only speed but with much more stability than twin-tip.

Finally, the Quad assembly (four fins) will give you maximum grip. It will allow you to surf at the top of the wave with maximum speed.

How to Choose the fins?

How to Choose the fins?

How to Choose the fin: Responsible for the majority of surf accidents, the fins are undoubtedly the most important accessory of your board. Equipped with FCS or Future gearboxes, you can change the drift of your board according to your wishes.

First, let’s talk about the number of drifts:

A single corresponds to a board with a single drift, as on your longboard.
A Twin corresponds to two drifts
A Thruster corresponds to … (suspense) … 3 drifts (surprising, is not it?). The thruster is a handy, fast and perfect surf for beginners.
A Quatro is, therefore, a board with 4 drifts that provides a ride even faster, more precise but requires a technical owner and having a good level.
And finally, five ends agree with a board with 5 drifts.

3 factors describe the ability of a drift:

  • The comeback
  • The hook
  • The penetration

Choosing surfboards: How to find one?

The drifts are a very important part of your surfboard. On the one hand, they help you maneuver into a wave, to gain speed and control your surfboard. On the other hand, they are responsible for half of the accidents in surfing.

So here’s a little info on the different criteria and functions of the drifts, to help you choose the right surf drifts.

To begin with, how many drifts on my board?

Before talking about the drifts in themselves, little clarification on the number of drifts for your board and the impact that it will have.

Single fin (adrift): Having a single drift is mainly suited to longboard. With a single drift, you have better support to turn, but it will be less stable than with two other lateral drifts. Additionally, with a single take speed will be less easy.

Twin tip (two drifts): Less and fewer surfers have this number of drift because the twin tip is very unstable. In small waves, the twin tip allows you to have more speed compared to other systems. But you will have difficulty turning when the waves are more hollow.

Thruster (3 drifts): The Thruster is the most used in the world of surfing. This brings the speed of a single end and the acceleration of a twin tip. This mix of the two systems managed to convince the majority of the surfer.

Quads (4 drifts): it brings even more speed than a Thruster but hangs a little less as well. The assembly of your surfboard in quad allows to surf at the top of the wave with a lot of speed.

Check your fastening system before choosing

There are several fastening systems for mounting the fins on a board. So before choosing drifts first look at what type of box equips your board.

Basic FCS system: This system with 2 lateral bolts is the most widespread. It was a revolution at its launch and has gradually become the benchmark.

FCS basic system

System FCS II: It is the latest innovation of the company FCS, it makes it possible to dismantle and mount its drifts of surfing without tools, it is super practical if you often transport your material!

Fine Future System: This is the most robust system with only one screw in the front, but the housings are more complicated to install for the shapers.

Select the aileron system of its inflatable SUP

Select the aileron system of its inflatable SUP

There are several fins fastening systems on an inflatable SUP. This is a criterion to be considered when choosing his board.

1- glued Fins

The fins are quite flexible plastic and glued directly on the board.

Advantage: very robust; single; no introduction; no adjustment; no risk of losing a wing
Disadvantage: no possibility of changing the fins for more efficient fins; no adjustment; fins tend to deform when fallback have the board ( just heat them with a hair dryer to restore their original form )

2 Fins wedge

Advantage: cheap?
Disadvantage: weak; inefficient.

3- Spoiler slide

Advantage: robust and light; fixing without tools
Disadvantage: no adjustment; little fin choice; the fin can be difficult to set up or remove ( attention to the sand in the slide)

4- Spoiler US

This is the “high end” solution. US housing is the most standard fin attachment system. It is found on sailboards, surfboards typed longboard; most rigid SUP and quality inflatable SUP.

Advantage: the wide choice of fins suitable for each practice (whitewater, race, ride, surf)
Disadvantage: few euros more?

Note: The US housing (such as zip flap) is reserved for the central wing. In this case, if the side fins are available they are usually glued. SUP on some high-end, the side fins are removable with an FCS-type fastening system.