Team rider fin tuning 2018.
Before the Pozo event we asked all our team rides how they set up their wave-boards, we hope you find the tuning insights useful!
Note: All of the rears shown are now available to buy in the shops/online. The fronts we’ve been doing a lot of R&D work recently so some of the fronts shown will actually be SharkII’s with 30/70 or ‘Ezzy foils’ and various toe angles, which are moulded plastic, but aren’t available until we decide which to put into production.
Huge thanks to all our riders for their input!
Martin ten Hoeve:
“The whole line of new G4 Simmerstyle quantum got shorter tail. This gives the board really nice free feel but automatically more grip from the fins because they are closer to the tail. So this year I went back from the scorcher to the Flex fins and went on each board size smaller of back fin size to make the board less grippy so I can play more around when to have grip or not grip, I still kept the Shark2 fins what gives me nice drive but also some extra lift.”
Simmerstyle Quantum 115, 17cm Flex and 10cm SharkII.
Simmerstyle Quantum 105, 16cm Flex and 9cm SharkII.
Simmerstyle Quantum 95, 16cm Flex and 8cm SharkII.
Jean-Mat De Ridder:
88ltr Quatro Pryamid:
“At the moment I am using an 18 Scorcher with a pair of 10cm SharkII .
The past few months I have actually been using a 17 Scorcher in the 88ltr board, the reason I changed this was because I found in very light wind, solid waves I found the slightly bigger fin offered more drive and grip.
Before the Scorcher fin was released I would use a Stubby Center fin, This was usually used one Size larger than what I use with my Scorcher.
The reason I have moved over to the Scorcher is I find it to be looser and offers more pivot than the Stubby would offer.”
78ltr Quatro Pryamid:
“16 Scorcher 10cm Ezzy’s.
The fins in this board are more or less the same story as my larger board. The 16 Scorcher is my go too in this board when it’s windy.”
“My favorite set up is the Scorcher 15cm in the back and the shark2 9cm in the front.
I like to use different sizes for the back fin, but it is always the scorcher: 14 cm when the wind is strong and the waves small, like Canary Islands in summer. If the wind is up and down, and the waves not super small I will use the 15 cm, and this is the fin I use most of the time. When the waves get big I go for the 16 cm to have a bit more drive and to handle the chop better.
When it comes to front fins, I use the 9 cm Shark2 when the wind is over 25 knots and the waves are small. If the wind is light and the waves small I use the shark2 10 cm. And when I get to sail good waves with power I like to use the Shark2 (proto) 70/30 asymmetrical 2 degrees, to get a nice grip and a real surfy feel under my board.”
Pablo Ramírez Bolaños:
“Here I show you the pics on the only board I am using atm… I might get the other 2 boards at the end of this week!
I am using the Scorcher 17cms and 10cms Ezzys degree 2 front fins on my 73litres Patrik QT for side on shore conditions (like Pozo). For down-the-line side off I would change it to a Quad setup putting a pair of 15cms Scorchers in the back and moving the 10cms Ezzys front fins a little bit forward to get more grip on the turns.”
“For freestyle my go to fin is the 19cm ZBD, this gives me a good balance of hold and release for new school freestyle. In the more choppy wavy conditions I have been riding the 20cm template for the extra control.
I run my pocket wave from Tabou with 10cm ezzy sides on 2 degrees with a 18cm scorcher in the back.”
Omar Sánchez García:
Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers:
Graham is generally using 17/18 Scorcher rears for Pozo, with 10cm SharkII fronts (some standard and some proto 30/70 foil). He’ll switch them out for Flex and Ezzy fins at more riding biased spots where the wave provides the drive.
Left to right:
Quad – Ezzy 14cm 2º, Ezzy 8cm 3º.
Pent – Scorcher 16cm, Stubby 10cm, Stubby 8cm.
Quad – 14 Scorcher, 9 SharkII.
We had a windy X-onshore British competition earlier in the year and for that I thought I’d give a 16cm Scorcher twin set up a go, but found the nose drifted too much and it didn’t want to track upwind as well as it might have. Wanting to get back out on the water quickly I decided to just chuck some Ezzy 8cm 2º fronts in and stumbled across bit of a magic set up – it worked super well despite being a lot of area. I’ve since dropped the rears down to 15 Leon ‘super stiff’ and that’s what I’ve been sticking with lately.
The Cult does seem to sail exceptionally well as a quad; the extra fin on the rail giving it a more precise and drivey feeling in the turns and more hold off the top (without affecting top speed). I do have a preference for ‘loose and grippy’ rides and the board has quite heavy ‘V’ throughout so this may be contributing to the quad performance. Perhaps the double rear fins help the water flow straight out the back of the board. I’ve also taken John Skyes advice and placed the fins and rear strap at the back positions, which definitely seems to work best making the board fast, lively and easy to go 12 ‘o’ clock.