Check out the FCS Fin Clinic video above to gain a solid understanding of fin basics. Trust us - knowing the difference between things like low and high sweep could have a massive impact on your surfing experience.
STEP 1: FIND YOUR IDEAL FIN SIZE
Pick a size corresponding to your weight.
STEP 2: FIN SET UP
Choose between Thruster or Quad set up.
(If you're after other types of fin set ups, you can check out twins, keels and longboard fins.)
Thrusters are the most versatile set up, they feel predictable, provide maximum control and are suited to all types of conditions. Quads generate exceptional drive and speed, feel quite loose and offer a moderate amount of control.
STEP 3: FIN FAMILIES
Select a fin family based on its performance.
Reactor - Upright template with low sweep
+ Speed, tight turns and snaps
+ Beach breaks and hollow waves
+ Boards with low rocker
Performer - Balanced template with neutral sweep
+ A balance of speed flow and response
+ All conditions
+ All board types
Accelerator - Fuller template with neutral/high sweep
+ Controlled high speed turns
+ Punchy conditions
+ Most boards, set-ups and hybrids
Carver - Elongated template with high sweep
+ Powerful drawn-out turns
+ Point breaks and open face waves
+ Boards with higher rocker
STEP 4: FIN MATERIALS
Fins with more flex create a whipping action that helps lighter, more agile surfers generate and hold speed through turns.
Stiffer fins allow heavier & stronger surfers to push hard through turns without overpowering the fins.
STEP 5: SLIDE & GRIP
Within each fin family, you can fine tune your selection using the Slide and Grip scale.
Here's an example of different fin's slide/grip within the FCS Carver Family:
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