Takayama halo fin

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by SharkB8, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. SharkB8

    SharkB8 Member

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    Anyone try one?
     
  2. robsawyer

    robsawyer Member

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    I chatted with Micheal Takayama a few months after Donald's passing and he was getting the halos going in his personal quiver, saying that uncle was stoked on what the halo brought to the table - both in the large single fin form and the small halo sidebites. If Donald liked them- then they work. If you have a chance to try one, I think you should.
     
  3. SharkB8

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    Found one on sale. Why not?
     
  4. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

    SB8: looking forward to your review. What size and what board are you going to use it in?

    The fin's design is intriguing even if it's leading edge looks a little....unforgiving. If anyone ever has one of those bizarro Strata fins, I'd like to try one. The Noah Ka Oi site has been sold out of them for over a year, almost certainly never to return.
     
  5. SharkB8

    SharkB8 Member

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    IMG_1877.JPG I got the 9.5. I ordered it from Noah ka oi. Got the confirmation order too. Hopefully it shows up. Honestly not sure what to try it in. Have a dt2 60s. Might try it in a soul glide. Even a Hawaii nose rider. Been in a fin mood lately. Mostly riding my glider with what the locals call a frank fin. He cuts up old fins and at first I thought he was nuts. He doesn't surf but rides alia type paipos. He's made a few different ones but the morning guys all ride different styles and different types of boards but we all love them. Don't have a picture of the speed version.
    Sorry a.d.d. Kicking in. Anyhow so many choices and building a fin quiver is cheaper.
     
  6. SharkB8

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    IMG_2533.PNG Is this the same?
     
  7. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

    Yep SB8, ^that's^ the one. All that surface area is supposed to give it lots of hold, but they're small (7.5"), so who knows? If anyone has used a Strata, I'd love to hear about it. http://www.noahkaoi.com/#!/Strata-Fin/p/43868384/category=2714435

    And you're right: fin quivers are a lot less expensive and, more importantly, can turn a scurvy dog of a board into gold. Someone once described fins as being akin to gears and I think that's an apt analogy.
     
  8. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

    I asked Noah about the Halo and, unfortunately for me, he's not used one of the larger ones on a real log, but wrote "I do know that the Halo fin is one of the fastest fins that I have ever rode (very little drag) and could be a fun fin in the right board."

    I also asked if they happened to have a Strata lying around the shop and luckily, they found a used one with just light scratches. Again, Noah: "Donald told me that he bought a box of these fins back in the day because he thought they were great noseriding fins. They don't make them anymore because they were a molded fin."

    It's in the mail to me now; look forward to seeing how well it works.

    Eric
     
  9. michael

    michael Member

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    Looking forward to seeing how you like the strata
     
  10. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

    It'll be mid-July before I get to ride it, but it should be fun. I'll definitely post up about it after I've given it a proper go.
     
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