Talk about being counter intuitive, eh? What am I really up to here? The short answer is: ''Challenging you, the reader, to think.'' First off, is drag, on a surfboard a bad thing? Sometimes, but not always. It depends on the kind of drag, and where it is, on the surfboard. In this case, on the surface of the fin. In particular, a rough, or texrured surface. This concept is only valid, in the dynamic environment of a wave. In the calm still water of a pond, where the water is not energized, the surface drag on the fin,will slow the surfboard. The opposite is true, in a wave, where the water molecules are really moving. It is those energized water molecules, in contact with the textured surface of the fin, which will drive the board at a higher speed. How does it do it? In a phrase: ''By tapping more of the kinetic energy of the wave.'' Having a hydrodynamicaly foiled fin is also a great help too. The foregoing is not theory, but the experience of numerous people, with boards and fins that have only had the surface of the fin modified. Thier collective experience was that the board was faster across the wave, and through the turns. This is one of those ''dirty little secrets'' about how a surfboard fin works. Make the change on the fin, on a board you think you know well, before you dismiss the concept out of hand. All that said,''HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR.''