Five Steps to THRUSTER Wave Board Perfection

This THRUSTER wave fin set up and tuning guide is designed to empower riders to make informed choices about their windsurfing fins so that they can maximize the performance that they get from their board(s). This is especially important with multi-fin boards which open up a large range of options and give us the ability to customize our experience. It might be a little daunting having to choose the size and type of wave fins and build your own fin set up so we put together this guide.

Rear Fin Options | 13.5, 14.5, 15.5, 16.5, 17.5, 18.5 & 20.0

  • [Black Ed.] G10, stiff, powerful & durable | DRIVE 10/10 | SPEED 10/10 | PIVOT 8/10 | FEEL: 8/10
  • [FLX] increased flex, enhanced feel & reduced weight | DRIVE 8/10 | SPEED 9/10 | PIVOT 9/10 | FEEL: 10/10

Front Fin Options | 10.5, 11.5, 12.5 & 13.5

  • [Black Ed.] G10, stiff, powerful & durable | DRIVE 10/10 | SPEED 10/10 | PIVOT 8/10 | FEEL: 8/10
  • [FLX] increased flex, enhanced feel & reduced weight | DRIVE 8/10 | SPEED 9/10 | PIVOT 9/10 | FEEL: 10/10

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Suggested Size Guide for Thruster boards

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To help riders choose their fins we have created three thruster size bands, SmallMedium & Large, each of which is divided into a number of sizes;

  • SMALL (S1, S2 & S3) for  Grom, Women & Smaller Riders (Rider weight under 70kg), these sizes are the choice of team riders such as Ingrid Larouche and Jake & Max Schettewi.
  • MEDIUM (M1, M2, M3 & M4) for most riders in a range of conditions (Rider weight 70 – 85 kg)
  • LARGE (L1, L2 & L3) for heavier riders on bigger boards (Rider weight 85kg +)

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Things to consider when choosing your fin combo:

  1. Fin recommendations are based on advanced & expert riders, intermediate riders should select one size bigger.
  2. Select one size bigger for strong currents and onshore wind.
  3. Chart is based on an average weight 80kg (175lbs), lighter riders may go one size smaller and heavier one size bigger.
  4. Multi-fin combinations is largely based on rider style, board and conditions, please ask for advice and we will be happy to advise you on the most suitable set up.
  5. Boards with less rocker love smaller fins to help them turn compared to boards with more rocker which need bigger fins for drive and speed.
  6. Boards with more Vee can use smaller fins compared to boards which have a flatter bottom profile.

 

The Five steps to the perfect Black Project THRUSTER set up

Step 1: Assess your sailing

The first step in selecting the right thruster windsurfing wave fins which best suit your own set of circumstances is to honestly assess what sailing you do, your level, the sails you use etc. it is a good idea to read our Guide to choosing the right size Wave Fin to help with this and refer to the sizing guides on the individual product pages.

 

Step 2: Choose your REAR fins

  • Advanced to Pro riders looking for maximum speed and control through their tight turns sailing in cross-shore conditions are likely to choose smaller rear fins and have a more balanced set up. Immediate to Advanced riders or those new to multi-fin sets ups should consider a larger rear fin.
  • Front / Rear balance: riders who want to experience a full thruster feeling with balanced front/rear foot pressure will choose similar size front and back fins, this will work well on better waves. If you are looking for more of a single fin like experience and more rear foot drive increasing the size of the rear fin while reducing the size of the front fins will achieve results. This set up will work well for jumping, cross onshore conditions and blasting.
  • More of less flex: Riders who enjoy the feeling of a more flexible rear fin should consider the [FLX] series while riders who want maximum grip and drive should choose the Black Ed.

 

Step 3: Choose your FRONT fins

  • Riders looking for a more pivotal back foot feeling should choose smaller front fins combined with a bigger rear fin.
  • Riders seeking a more during their aggressive bottom turn should increase the size of their front fins compared to the rear fin.
  • Remember to refer to the sizing guides to ensure you get the right balance between rider, board, sail, fins and conditions.

 

Step 4: Order via one of our dealers or online store

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Step 5: Receive your fins and fit them to your board & go shred!

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