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Old    Joe B (sailing216)      Join Date: Oct 2007       06-06-2008, 2:12 PM Reply   
I'm in the comparing boards process and I see Inland Surfer as a few of their boards with 3 and now the optional 4 fins. Do they do anything other than a bit more control? More fins=more drag?
Old    Johnny Stieg (jstieg)      Join Date: Apr 2007       06-06-2008, 3:04 PM Reply   
nope 4 fins works way better than 3. its actually looser because of the placement. that is as long as they are set up corectly. i have been riding 4 large fins in my boards for a long time. you get added drive off the bottom and a looser turn off the top.
Old    Show (bigshow)      Join Date: Feb 2005       06-06-2008, 6:29 PM Reply   
Sail boats with small keels are slower than sail boats with big keels. I'm sure there's a point of diminished returns. More or less the same thing applies.

Man Alumn Creek was so windy today even tubing was difficult.
Old    Matt Etheridge (mhetheridge)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-03-2008, 5:03 AM Reply   
Here's a board I just did with a quad set up. It's 5'1 and 24 inches wide. My buddy is 6'3 and weighs about 240. I'll take some pics of it this afternoon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkxU8TN9jng&NR=1
Old    lakeside5_10            07-03-2008, 1:26 PM Reply   
nice vid
Old    Smed (smedman)      Join Date: Feb 2006       07-04-2008, 7:56 AM Reply   
Nice Matt! Looks like a good board for him.
Old    Matt Etheridge (mhetheridge)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-04-2008, 3:36 PM Reply   
Matt Thanks. We've been building some boards lately. Not meant really to last that long. But that particular board was from a planshape that I made back in the winter from Aku Shaper. I then made a prototype from some Home depot foam that lasted a total of 3 sessions. We were happy with it and then did the evil outsourcing thing and got a nice epoxy board. We did two of them. A 5'4 and a 5'1. There is not much difference between the two. My buddy who is a fairly accomplished surfer loves this shape. He can snap it off the lip like no tomorrow. It's super stable too. We're thinking about putting a center fin in there. Today we experimented a lot with fin configuration. We got it really loose. For someone my buddy's size this board is perfect. He was trying to spin it today but not much luck. I actually think you could get on the nose of this thing. My son surfed it at the beach the other day. I pushed him into some tiny knee high surf and he stood right up and rode twenty feet or so.

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