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Apr 15

Do you have the right size wave fins?

I have just returned from Ho’okipa and following some interesting chats on the guard rail about fin sizes for smaller riders I thought I would share some insight. The wave fins which come as standard with many production board will be too big for many smaller riders under 65kg. 

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Take 4 x AWT Champion Ingrid Larouche who like many female riders is much smaller than her male counterparts which the boards are primarily designed for. She tried her boards; 69 Triwave and 69 Quad TE with the standard fins out of interest and given her weight and height she just found the boards too stiff, not surprising when they come with 16/11 and 14/9 respectively.

 

Riders under 70kg (Ingrid is a lot less!) will likely benefit from a bit more twist which our [FLX] fins provide and hence we opted for;

  • 2015 Fanatic 69 Quad: 13cm** MiniEPIC [FLX] rears / 7cm Thruster [FLX] fronts
  • 2015 Fanatic 69 Triwave: 14.5 MinIEPIC [FLX[ rear / 9cm Thruster [FLX] fronts

** custom size for Ingrid

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Learn more about which waves fins are best for your riding >>

 

These new set up might seem very small to most but provide Ingrid with the correct level of grip and speed while enabling her to really rip the turns. Fin choice is about balance and at Black Project we help you tailor your set up to your unique set of variable. As the premium choice in fins we want to offer a unique tailor-made experience so that you can maximize the potential from your sailing.

 

While we are talking about smaller riders check out the Flechet brothers from France who have just joined the Tabou International team, their special 48 litter thruster boards needed something special from Black Project. We equipped them with 12.5cm MiniEPIC FLX rear fins and 9cm Thruster FLX fronts. 

 

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The message is clear, all riders need to find the perfect balance and Black Project can help you get the maximum performance from your equipment and have more fun!

 

More to follow…