How to Surf : Understand the Different Surfboard Fin Configurations


Hi! This is Pat Weber with the San Diego Surfing
Academy for expertvillage.com. When you are just starting out, it doesn’t really matter
whether it’s got 1 fin, 2 fins or 3 fins so long as it has a fin for stability. For the
longest time, a single large fin in the center was the best thinking, and it is still a valid
concept. Two fins out on the rail creates fast, loose surfing, but for stability on
a vertical face, 3 fins in a configuration called a thruster. Nothing compares; it’s
the choice of pro’s since the 80’s.

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