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Twins vs. (small) single fin

Posted by adde 
adde
Twins vs. (small) single fin
16 September '08 | 11:45am
You mention in the JP writeup that it feels stiff and that it doesn't offer anything a single fin dont offer. Changing to smaller fins loosens up the board.

I often find production boards beening sold with a way to big fin. Choosing a smaller fin and puting it more forward loosens up ANY board, but it also comes with the same side effects reported from twins (eg upwind performance, jumping etc).

How different would you describe twins (in general) compared to a singe fin set up in a surfier style?

Maybe this relates to the hints you make that smaller twins dont offer the same advantage over single fin boards?

cheers
A Clone
Re: Twins vs. (small) single fin
17 September '08 | 5:42pm
adde Wrote:
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> You mention in the JP writeup that it feels stiff
> and that it doesn't offer anything a single fin
> dont offer. Changing to smaller fins loosens up
> the board.
>
> I often find production boards beening sold with a
> way to big fin. Choosing a smaller fin and puting
> it more forward loosens up ANY board, but it also
> comes with the same side effects reported from
> twins (eg upwind performance, jumping etc).
>
> How different would you describe twins (in
> general) compared to a singe fin set up in a
> surfier style?
>
> Maybe this relates to the hints you make that
> smaller twins dont offer the same advantage over
> single fin boards?
>
> cheers

We have now used a couple 78 and 76 litre models, which reinforces the thoughts that the 'advantages' of twin fin boards appear more apparent on bigger sizes whereas the smaller sizes offer a different ride, but perhaps not such distinct advantages.

Generally, they (twins) turn a bit tighter and can be good at holding speed in the turn. Its arguable however that a single fin still feels more 'reliable' especially in the bottom turn on smaller boards.
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