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Old     (theoldman)      Join Date: Dec 2013       01-05-2014, 8:10 AM Reply   
Thinking of trying a new surf style board this year and wondering thoughts on twin vs quad fin. I have only used twin fins in the past.
Old    Zach Gibbs (gibbs114)      Join Date: Oct 2013       01-05-2014, 9:11 AM Reply   
I am also wondering about this because I got a new surf style for next year a Liquid Force Sixer and not sure what setup I want to use.
Old    Nick Wiersema (Chaos)      Join Date: Apr 2010       01-05-2014, 11:14 AM Reply   
All things considered equal, it is about personal taste/style. However, all things are never considered equal. All properly designed boards are designed with fin configuration as a component. However the tendency for some is to design for a large spectrum of riders and style, hence multiple fin boxes/options, while some still hold on to the archaic one size fit all or ride like us mantra. Overall a quad fin will be more stable allowing the rider to push harder on their rear foot compared with a twin. Twin fins requirer a lighter foot, and have a tendency to feel 'squirrely', especially with the wide tail of a wake surf. Depending on the board design, both configurations can be equal in speed, but a twin will almost always feel looser which is most often confused with speed.

All quads can be ridden as a twin by removing or not using rear fins; however, a twin fin cannot be ridden as a quad. So, best to buy a quad, fiver, sixer or sevener.

Zach, first try your sixer with all six fins; as you get comfortable, you can change up fin set up to a quad, or a twin, or a twin with canards.

Nick
Old    Timmy! (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       01-06-2014, 11:04 AM Reply   
Nice summary, Nick!

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