Fins are either made by hand with machine assistance or made in molds by machines. The way to tell is fairly simple. Look at the cleanliness of the bases, the blended corners, or the foils along the outer edges. Fin manufacturing conversations need to divulge further into margins, the large brands, the fin boxes and where it all comes from. The overall fin manufacturing industry is a unique and under appreciated. Consumer awareness is crucial and appreciation is long overdue. It will start here.
The first Hawaiian surfers with their Olo boards did not have fins. They weren’t really maneuvering their boards too much—most wave riding was done moving straight into shore. Instead of trying to carve turns, the ancient Hawaiians found a pleasant sport in simply trying to keep the board pointed straight while being pushed by the wave.
Before fins, the only method to control where the board was going was to stick your feet and toes into the water.
Take your fin off once in a while, give it a go. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS and take yourself further out of your comfort zone. It will help with your skill level and allow you to understand the way waves truly work. A constant fin rotation will show you how your fins flex and snap to, as your turn into crucial sections. You will learn that all fin designs are different and you will learn that you will perform better on certain fins. Get your fin keys out and switch your fins!