The Perpetual Flothru

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by sonOsea, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. dstud

    dstud Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Very cool! I'd love to give it a try eventually.
  2. nedsurf

    nedsurf Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Whoever gets it in north county, let us know. Nice idea to spread stoke.
  3. xyzzy

    xyzzy Active Member

    Sep 2, 2014
    Encinitas, CA
    Now here's what community is all about! Bravo sir!
  4. DownSouthSlidah

    DownSouthSlidah Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Arrived today 😊

    Super stoked! Thank you for the opportunity to try this fin, SOS.

    Supposed to be a swell Friday morning.


  5. Mcrockett77

    Mcrockett77 Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    My new favorite thread!
  6. Dawnpatrol

    Dawnpatrol Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2006
  7. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

    Dawnpatrol wrote:
    Indeed. Really cool idea. Hope to take it for a spin this summer if it's made it's way out west.
  8. DownSouthSlidah

    DownSouthSlidah Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Ride report:

    When: Friday, 2/26/16

    The board: 10-1 Stamps Pig

    Skill level: intermediate but maybe not so good on a pig

    The wave: Jupiter Inlet. A-frame, rib high on the drop, thigh to waist on the face, not a lot of power... Requiring a lot of cutbacks to stay in the energy unless you got luck and caught a little down the line screamer and snagged the reform on the inside.

    I had only ridden the Stamps a few times so it is not exactly a board I am used to. Moreover, I have been using a lexan hatchet fin in it. I have also never used a D fin in any board before. So writing a review of the Flo-Thru fin may be one of those things that make you go "Hmmmm" but I decided that I would ride the board first with the Flo-Thru and second with a regular D-fin. Since I have no experience with either, and the wave was very consistent, I figured I would be able to really feel the difference without any bias.

    The preconception: That the Flo-Thru would be easier to turn, looser and that the regular D-fin would be like an anchor.

    The (well, my) reality:

    The Flo-Thru lends itself to drawn out turns, is very smooth feeling and holds well down the line, as well as holding well and allowing good speed in trim position. The board did not feel particularly stable up front (I did not nose ride - my skill at that is abysmal anyway). The turns were not sharp and felt a little mushy even given that the wave lacked power. I think a bigger face and a little more power and this fin would show its stuff.

    The regular D-fin (8.5" by Rainbow) was a surprise. I really thought it would be difficult. It actually proved to be an excellent turning fin, feeling very positive and seeming to generate some power through turns. Comparatively, I did not notice any difference in trim speed but the board felt more solid closer to the front than on the Flo-Thru.

    For us South Florida boys where the waves break fast and turns have to be quick, the regular D-fin would be my choice of the two.

    Both fins did force me to stomp on the tail to turn. Absolutely going to be a good learning tool for me in more traditional board riding.

    Next up for me to try in this board is a 10" Farberow Flex as the shaper advised. That should be intersting!

    I want to thank SOS for the opportunity to use his fin. It was a lot of fun comparing the two and I'll be interested to read the ride reports of others here.

    Next stop for the Flo-Thru is New Hampshire with CaptJohn.
  9. sonOsea

    sonOsea Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2010
  10. fishy82

    fishy82 New Member

    Jun 2, 2013
    Thought I'd bump this up. any updates?

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