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Smik hipster rear fin position

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Created by dkeating 1 month ago, 9 Jul 2020
dkeating
VIC, 169 posts
9 Jul 2020 9:18PM
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I've had a smik custom hipster twin 9.5 X 29 longboard for about 2 years now and have always left the rear small fin in the very centre position.
Has anyone experimented moving this fin fully fwd or fully back and what are the effects, or being smaller is this minimal.
What position do other smik hipster owners normally put this fin in.
Thx
Dale

Mark Horn
WA, 24 posts
9 Jul 2020 8:14PM
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dkeating said..
I've had a smik custom hipster twin 9.5 X 29 longboard for about 2 years now and have always left the rear small fin in the very centre position.
Has anyone experimented moving this fin fully fwd or fully back and what are the effects, or being smaller is this minimal.
What position do other smik hipster owners normally put this fin in.
Thx
Dale

I have the 9'2" X 29" hipster twin long board. Tried the centre fully forward. Didn't like it. Board seemed to have no drive. I thought it might make it loose but it didn't drive through the turns just kind of stalled. Also tried it fully back. I think it paddled into waves slightly better but wasn't as loose. The extra wave catching ability was minor. The difference in turning was relatively major, so in other words fully back was not worth it. Centre is how it was designed and to my mind certainly the best option and the best balance between drive, wave catching and looseness.

Nugdam
QLD, 485 posts
10 Jul 2020 6:59AM
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Interesting topic.

I've always ran my hipsters with the centre fin forward. I've always found them loose,drivey and very responsive to whatever you want to do. I had thought it might be better in bigger surf to maybe centre it. But have never been bothered to try it as its always fun having it forward.

I've also got a smaller center fin I want to give a shot to see what that does to the board






colas
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10 Jul 2020 1:07PM
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dkeating said..
Has anyone experimented moving this fin fully fwd or fully back and what are the effects


It is simple:
- move it forward to gain looseness
- until you begin to lose drive: you will feel the board kind of oversteering at the end of the turn and killing its speed

The position depends on your surfing style (powerful back foot surfers will want the fin more at the rear) and the waves power.

A tool-less fin is great for this, you can move it on the water between waves without tools to experiment and find your personal sweet spot of the day.

Brenno
QLD, 755 posts
12 Jul 2020 12:12PM
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wazza66
QLD, 502 posts
12 Jul 2020 3:54PM
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With my boards with centre rear boxes i always mark 1cm lines along the box.
Start with your fin in the centre of the box and take a fin key with you next surf and then simply move it forward or back in the 1 cm increments.
Rule of thumb is all forward loose with minimal drive and all the way back drivey but tighter to turn.
Best advice ..... go and experiment.
Enjoy.

Brenno
QLD, 755 posts
12 Jul 2020 5:12PM
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Brenno said..



I used to have these shoved up all the way forward on my 9' x 28".
After many, many sessions on this board they sit just rear of centre, which is a good compromise for nose riding and standing on the tail.
I think they are rusted in place now



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