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The evolution of surfboard shapes has been dramatic throughout the history of surfing, but the development of fins has arguably been even more important to the increase in maneuverability and overall performance.
In the late 1960s, fins went from bulky wooden rudders on the back of the board to slim and hydrodynamic blades. George Greenough, an eccentric Santa Barbara kneeboarder who moved to Australia, was inspired by the fins of the dolphins and lightning fast Bluefin Tuna.
Greenough’s breakthrough creations were long, curved, and had natural flex. He quickly began to ride deeper in the tube and go places on waves that surfers had never been before.
Oliver Parker, founder of Clean Ocean Designs, also grew up surfing the pointbreaks of Santa Barbara and has been riding and studying the designs of single fin surfboards for the majority of his life. He’s obsessed with foil, the hydrodynamic shape of the fin from front to back.
Greenough, along with Tom Morey, Mike Hynson, Dick Brewer, George Downing, Phil Edwards, and other legends of the classic era, claimed that “thicker foiled fins were superior and were incorporating them into their fin designs,” says Parker. “They found that a thicker fin foil actually created less resistance and drag, and had increased pivotal characteristics, trim speed and holding power.”
When twin fins and later tri-fin thrusters came into vogue in the mid-’70s and early 80s, the popularity of single fins faded. Today, however, their impressive design and performance characteristics are widely embraced by purist surfers throughout the world. Parker wanted to find a way to create refined single fins with environmentally friendly materials as part of the sustainable mission of his company. “We are always looking for ways to use regenerated ocean plastics as a way to participate in the efforts to clean up our oceans,” says Parker.
Clean Ocean Designs line of Re. Flex Fins is made from nylon sourced from recycled fishing nets and fiberglass. Not only is this material environmentally friendly, but it’s also ideal for classic fin design. Re. Flex Fins have the perfect amount of give and foil, and they come in three sizes, 8.75”, 9.75”, and 10.75”, to work for mid-lengths, longboards, and gliders.
Try one out today on any board with a standard center fin box.
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