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  • Hellfire - Fins for more release?

    Hi All,

    I love my 6'2" Hellfire for its speed, paddling and ability to handle larger surf. Turning radius and release out of turns, not so much. Currently using UL-7s as a thruster; the drive and hold are great, but my turns are suffering. I am about 195lbs (85kg), so that puts me in the Large fin range. I surf mainly beach and reef breaks in San Diego.

    Anyone have any suggestions for fins for better turns?

    (part of the problem may be that I also ride a 5'10" Dominator which I absolutely love and flies all over the place!)

    Thanks!
    Patrick

  • #2
    Maybe try a 5 in the back, or something like the large Al Merrick template.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by prjwebb View Post
      Maybe try a 5 in the back, or something like the large Al Merrick template.
      Yeah the G-AM (large Al Merrick) have good release you can really snap out of a turn anytime. The AM2 (the next size down in FCS) might work out OK too.The Rusty R2 are a good set too. I've often used a smaller trailer myself to loosen up thruster set ups. I have a 3" trailer that I use with TC Redlines in front and it is a magic set up for some boards. The Al Merrick sets also use a smaller trailer than the front fins.
      Last edited by Slowman; 09-23-2012, 08:05 PM.

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      • #4
        kelly's work in a 602 up here...4 fin set up too...the guy is happy with that...try and keep big fins up front..the board really want em..but before you try anything, stick a deviant in there....FAR OUT .!!!..talk about twitchy speed..!!
        Last edited by core personal training; 09-22-2012, 12:42 AM. Reason: kant spel good

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        • #5
          I agree try GAM(FCS) or AM2(futures) which is the larger Merrick fins. I think Hellfire needs a largish fin but these have the drive and hold but also release when pushed. Tried a few different fins in Fiji reef breaks and these were the standouts for sure.

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          • #6
            The R2 quad set is amazing too, good drive, controllable slide and release.

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            • #7
              The Joel Parkinson Kinetic Racing fins are a looser fin on the larger side. Also, the K3 is a good medium large fin.

              For myself I find the GAM and PC7 fairly similar, with the GAM maybe more rounded and maybe more release, but I'm able to "jam" turns on the PC7 better. As I say though I really don't notice much difference through my unskilled and uneducated feet.

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              • #8
                what do you weigh?? patrick and what conditions are you surfing the fin in?

                I am inclined to say that th7 template is too big for you and that board and likely you would find a good change just by stepping down in fin area to the PC5s or the Jw-1s. Basically you want to reduce area and perhaps narrow the tip of the fin, or get after something a little more upright...

                Cheers and hope this helps!

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                • #9
                  I have been riding my Hellfire for a few months now and have been using the WCT's but been having problems with my tail sliding out a lot and felt like I had to nurse my turns a bit. After reading the forums and found somewhere Nev recommended the SA3 or SA4 with the Hellfire. I knew right then if he recommended it then that was the right fins for the board and sure enough I bought the SA4 put them in this past weekend when the South Shore of Honolulu was firing 5-7 foot faces. They worked like magic the board felt awesome I felt like I had a lot drive and I could lay into my turns with no tail sliding at all. Would highly recommend them. For reference I'm 5'8 175 and I ride 5'8 Hellfire.

                  Bye the way I'm very appreciative of this forum. Thanks for everyone's input.

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                  • #10
                    hkb93....yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew...great to hear.... you've gotta try it with the thruster rear...turns the board into an extension of your feet..!!.. i only use the four's when i'm bored...sa3's in everything from 1 foot to whatever you can handle...

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the tip. Will look for the rear fin. Amazing what a difference those things make. My Hellfire feels like a totally different board. I love experimenting with new fins! Though its an expensive habit.

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                      • #12
                        it totally does.

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                        • #13
                          let us know how the thruster goes for you..remember to be more active rail to rail with three in there...your only light so try a deviant rear on smaller days...

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