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  1. Fishy

    Fishy Active Member

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    I'm thinking about my fin setup on my 10'6 Mitsven egg. The surf's tiny in SD right now so I'd like to try a setup that maximizes glide but still holds on and maneuvers. I'm surfing small beach break so I still need to make little bottom turns and change direction. Current setup is what it came with: super small skippy side bites (2.5"?) and a 6.5" flexy Frye center.

    I have a really little 3.5" center fin I could put in there, if I can find it in all my junk, not likely before tomorrow. Or I could run it with just the center. I have a 9.5" a-flex I could run as a single. Also thought about putting a couple of short board side fins in and go twin fin.

    I know somebody's going to say: try them all and let us know how it goes. Sure, makes sense, but I have this 'if it ain't broke don't fix it thing with fins so it's unlikely I'd do all three. Somebody else has probably figured this out, right?
     
  2. pursuitofnow

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    I use a 6.5 skip" volan flex fin in my 11' glider and love it no matter the size waves. Plenty of rail for hold. Mine doesn't have side bites but I'd try removing the center fin altogether and just use the side bites for what you're looking for.
     
  3. SdSurferguy

    SdSurferguy Well-Known Member

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    I have a 10'2 FishSimmons and I normally run sidebites and a 3.5" center fin. It works great in waist to overhead surf. That said, it really doesn't work in thigh high and under. The damn thing won't change direction in the small stuff. I end up using my hands in the wave (which is fun) to change direction. I'd recommend losing the sidebites and running a 7-8" center. Or ride a noserider. :)
     
  4. Fishy

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    Bird from the shed said the same thing. Just lose the side fins and run the same 6.5" center

    Board is pretty maneuverable. I think you rode it once SDS. You let me try your 11' Hippy Pin that day.
     
  5. pilau

    pilau Well-Known Member

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    Having a discussion in the lineup about a month ago... re: fish Simmons. My buddy was insistent had to be a tri. I persisted that a quad was viable. Your thoughts?
     
  6. Fishy

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    Larry Mabile Twinzers have a really similar tail design and they work great. Makes sense to me...
     
  7. Fishy

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    Single 6.5" flexy fin worked great in the knee high mush. Just removing the side bytes seemed to free up a lot of glide. With surf this week you need all you can get I guess.
     
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  8. pursuitofnow

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    Would be curious to hear your thoughts comparing the 6.5" fin to side bites with no center fin.
     
  9. Fishy

    Fishy Active Member

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    I'll probably let somebody else conduct that experiment. The setup I went with today seemed to work good.
     
  10. pursuitofnow

    pursuitofnow Member

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    Fair enough. I only mention out of curiosity. You were asking about maximizing glide and eliminating the center fin removes a lot of drag. Bob mentioned that Skip rides his glider this way sometimes and loves it. But who knows... Makes me wish I had side boxes added to my glider.
     

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