Send me your dinged, damaged, and yellowed.
That’s a clip of someone riding a “Butterfly” fin?? Doesn’t even work as good as I thought it would. That fin by the way was I believe designed for a particular model of board that Dale shaped. But not intended to be used exclusively On the “Malibu Express”.
Ha...(1) That's me, & not illustrative of what that green/red incarnation would surf like under the feet of someone more skilled, as (2) I didn't surf for 20 years, (2) am a beginner again, had only been on a board over 8' maybe 14 times in my life, only a few additional times on an 8 footer a bud made, and (3) no skilled longboarder would call the board a good one (too much rocker, front half of the board, by at least 2", maybe almost 3" - it's a plough).
That said, I got the current edition of the V-fin. It's not remotely the same as the red & green ones - it's much, much larger and seems more upright.
The vintage red fin, which seems to be the same as the green fin Rich let me ride, helped an inherently sluggish board feel more lively. The current edition made the board sluggish again. Probably like thw majority of proven fins I've tried it would work much better on a board with better rocker. The smaller vintage one feels better (to me, maybe not a more skilled rider) on the crappy board, and maybe would feel worse than the "update" on a better board.
If anybody has the red or green vintage one w the center hole, I'm down to trade just about any other fin i have for it.
I think the same could be said of almost any fin. I can change from a 10” Rake to a 8 1/2” Flex fin and my board(any board) will feel more lively.
What I’m seeing there is not a criticism of surfing ability. What I’m basically saying is I don’t see it being as beneficial to average surfing. We all know that really good surfers can paddle out on an ironing board and make it look good. That’s a given.
Actually; Yes! If it makes little or no noticeable difference in an average surfers surfing or for that matter a Pro’s; then what is there to rave about? I don’t see turns or cutbacks that are harder or snappier that can be credited to the fin. Don’t see any floaters or prolonged noserides. So what is that fin supposed to do?