At Black Project Fins we are always looking to develop our products so that our riders have the most innovative equipment possible to enable them to push both their own and the sports boundaries.
Through our discussions with our wave team rider and windsurfing legend Mark Angulo we started work on a new fin designed specifically for super fast down the line riding on single fin or thruster boards. Mark was already thinking about double rotations off the lip (yes he means DOUBLE MUTANTS) and to achieve this he asked for more speed in his bottom turn. Throughout the Autumn and early Winter here in Maui we tested a number of prototypes until we were happy with the new design. We have recently started making these in the factory with the first fins already on the water and we are pleased to announce that the EPICwave is born!
BPF designer Tom Hammerton explains his thinking when designing the new fin:
“The concept for the EPICwave was for something a little more specialized for faster waves and proper down-the-line waveriding conditions. The WaveSINGLE is an all-around wave fin that can be made to work in almost any conditions but Mark wanted something a little special. The foil is designed for a little bit more speed with less drag, it will actually stall a bit sooner which makes it easier to push the tail around. The aspect ratio has been lowered with more area low down to give more drive with a fast roll rate. We increased fin rake, which helps with stability during the fast turns. I also tried to make the fins as short as practical. Note that the 23cm is a LARGE fin for big sails/boards/riders. The entire range is covered in 1.5cm increments, which is equivalent to the 2cm jump in the WaveSINGLE. The EPICwave is sdeally suited to pure wave boards in a single or thruster set up.” Tom Hammerton
More to follow…