I took my minisims out for a spin in some knee - waist high waves yesterday and thought I'd give you some feedback on my fin setup and how it may help you in your decision. I live on the Mid-Atlantic east coast - meaning the large majority of our waves are fast (some call it close out) beach break waves. In order to surf well here, you need to be able to generate speed almost immediately when you stand up.
Yesterday brought some knee/waist high waves. The mini caught waves very easily (as expected). Normally on a board of this size I would pop up and immediately pump to the top of the wave so I can setup my line (remember fast beach break waves). The mini didn't allow this so I had to surf it more like a longboard (ie angle my takeoff so I can trim my way up the wave more or less). I think the twin fins would be great for point break waves, but I personally wanted a bit more maneuverability that a quad might give me. The twins just weren't responsive enough to let me make the proper adjustments for my waves.
Now realize that this was my first time surfing this board in less than stellar conditions. I think with more time it will be a small wave staple for me, but I do think quad fins would loosen her up a little bit. I run glass on twin keels on my fish that work great - but a fish has much more curve in the tail as well as a thinner tail foil which allow me to sink rails more easily and this be a bit more maneuverable.
hope this helps ya a little!
Thanks for that Pretzel! I too live on the east coast. I'm in NC and mainly surf The Outer Banks and Wrightsville. I know exactly what you are talking about with the fast beach breaks here and is one reason why I wanted something different than my longboards... they just aren't fast enough to get around a lot of the sections. And when decent surf starts sucking up over the sandbars at lower tides, things can get tricky with a longer board. I had my eye on the surf cams yesterday in OBX so I know what the waves were like, Appreciate the update. Are your fins toed or canted at all? single foil or symmetrical?
They're single foiled with 3 degrees of cant and I think 1/4" of toe in. I'm not positive about the toe in - my keels are roughly 9.5" at the base so 1/4" of toe is probably more like 1/8" for a traditional 4" base. I used my rocker bar (long straight square aluminum) to make sure the toe in looked right. I don't remember exactly but they were roughly 4" off the nose (ie if you extended the fin marks all the way to the noseriding would measure 4"ish off the stringer at the nose). As I understand you never want that line to cross the stringer. I can take some measurements when I get back if you'd like. The fin marks of extended through the tail also aligned with the corners of the tail which seemed correct to me (kind of like a pivot point).
hope that all made sense!
Yep, all made perfect sense. Measurements aren't necessary but thanks for the offer. I was thinking of a setup that is similar to yours. My keels are single-sided 9.25"x 5" and was planning for a 3 deg. cant and 1/8" toe. Thought about doing a cutout at the base but I'm trying to aim for more drive on this board than manouverablity. These are roughed out pretty close but still have a little fine-tuning to do.
That's a nice foil for a keel.
That's a nice foil for a keel.
Thanks. Hope it all works