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“Why two fins?” we hear you ask? Well, that’s a very good question, and one that we’ll try to answer here. Surfboards can have as many or as few fins as you wish placed on the bottom, from none (as in the case of ancient Polynesian surf craft and early paddleboards) through to the most common maximum number of five, as utilised by the Campbell Brothers in their bonzer bottom/fin configurations. The key is to balance out the “hold” (or grip) that the tail of your surfboard has in the wave, with the drag created by the surface area of the fin going through the water.
Several of our shorter surfboard models, such as the Seadar, ADPT, Fetch and Woodburner, feature a twin fin set-up and with good reason: These surfboards have wider tails which are more buoyant, increasing speed and manoeuvrability and making them really good fun in smaller waves. Utilising two fins means that one fin can act as the pivot point for the other fin to turn around allowing them to make very rapid changes in direction, as opposed to the more drawn-out turns necessitated by a larger, central, single fin.