It was somewhere on their website, One of the fins were $490.
What size are you Sharkcountry ?
The ones that are $490 are a diving fin with specific extra fin tips, although it does say for your $490 "Whiskers not included or available at this time!" so you don't even get them for you money!!!!!!
I have one of the RipsCurl GPS watches and while paddling out the fastest speed on a wave function is basically telling me how fast I'm paddling since I haven't caught a wave yet. Seems if I just cruise along I get 2.1mph and if I sprint it goes up to 2.6mph, if I then get forward on my paipo and simply arm paddle this goes to between 3 and 3.5mph. I think most of the lack of speed kicking is due to being off the back of the board it's now not flat planning,
Hi Sharkcountry, look what I picked up on eBay.au.
Some guy bought them in the Cayman Islands while snorkelling. A bit of discussion and they were mine for $30.
What size foot are you ?
That's cool. Those fins look huge. Probably made to be worn over booties. I have small feet US men's between 8 and 8.5. Funny thing, my right is a little bigger than my left, so it likes 8.5.
I have a pair of training fins with straps like that and they always come off the back of my foot. I used them today with velcro straps to keep from losing my fins. I was lucky I had the straps. The fins were easier to kick with, but I didn't get much propulsion. I just need to use the normal fins enough to get my legs back, but I'm having a lot of fun riding my surfboards.
I’m the same size foot and these are really big on me, like you said, they’re for wearing with booties.
I think I can line them with some dense foam to close the foot pocket.
But I’ll use them as a reference to design a simple fin. I like the huge open toe design.
You could glue some 5 or 6mm neoprene inside to pack them out, the old vipers used to be like that to prevent rub.
In the last few years the soles on the stand-up surfers boots have become a lot more flexible and many on the 5mm boots not work well in a fin.
I've worn these 3mm ones all winter https://www.aldersportswear.com/products/neoprene-accessories/boots/stea...
When those fins first came out the designer had information about them, when I looked recently I couldn't find that stuff. They must be good because the military uses them, but it could be because they can be used over foot wear. With the wide open foot pocket, there's a point where it can be too big and you foot will slide through too far. Check the website, there's all kinds of accessories that you might be able to copy and fill the foot pocket.
My surf yesterday left me feeling the same way you felt about kicking and not getting enough thrust.
Just fitting some 3 mm neoprene inside the Force Fins.
One question for everyone....By what mechanics is your foot held in the pocket ?
The full footpocket holds around your foot like a shoe.
The Force Fin types do it by using the heel strap to push your forefoot into the arched cover.
But the truesurf flipper holds you with the heel strap against the opening of the foot pocket. Not by the foot or the toes, just around the fattest part of the foot.
Or at least that the way I see it.
These green fins have a massive foot pocket and there’s never any pressure cramping of the foot or toes. This is the basis for my design. Get the foot pocket right first.
I've found that the shorter the part under the foot is, the less secure the fin feels and seems to get blown off easier. I like the bottom of the pocket to go all the way to my arch/heel junction. Edit It's also easier to tip toe across mussel and barnacle encrusted reefs when the foot pocket protects that soft skin in the arch ;-)
Wider heel straps seem to do a better job of holding on than tight narrow ones.
Nice work so far Surffoils, while you're at it throw in an adjustable heel strap. Velcro with some neoprene; custom fit and open to more foot sizes.
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