well, would you advise getting a larger set of quads? im 6.5 and weight 90-95kgs....200pds or so...and use the sf4s...which ive read, are kind of a smaller fin. i know you use the rusty r2s, but what about pc7s? any advice? p.s...i have a 1board quiver(dom)...next board(alt 6.4/6.6) would join in maybe....2 years... so i have to make the best of the dom for now....
I think part of it is definitely being rusty after such a long hiatus. I find the Dom to be exceptionally smooth (I greatly prefer it as a quad). My top setup is (Futures) Rusty R1 quad set with nubster or Am1 (small) fronts with R2 rears for more control and hold when it gets bigger / hollower.
I had a FST Stealth, and a while it's a different design, I had a lot of success with FCS AM1 (large template) fronts with SF4 rears. This provided a TON of drive and stability, especially in really hollow overhead surf. If you want more pivot, install the Q1 rears (I did and really liked it).
So, I'd recommend first trying the SF4 as a thruster and feeling how the board reacts. Then, grab a pair of large AM fronts and see how the board reacts as a quad setup.
If you are 200lbs, I think that you would really want a larger template like Simon Andersons or large al merricks in there.
Are those SF4s plastic? The PC SF4s are a totally different fin. I ride SF4s in my dom when I take it out (not often these days) and for smaller waves they're OK. Anything over head high and they don't have as much hold as I'd like.
The FCS PC R2 is a bigger fin than the SF4s and has more drive and hold. If you're 85kg+ the plastic fins just have too much flex.
yea they are plastic. been thinking of selling them off and getting some PC ones, but i havnt got around to doing so, and here in the caribbean, no one rides a quad :(, but it take them back to europe next month and see what happens...
anyone in europe want to buy my 5 fin set?? :D
is there really such a difference in the flex of the fin? i mean, ive only ever ridden the GF fins so....
would you advise i get hold of a PC R2 and SF4 and use those depending on the wave size, or just sticking to one set for everything...(+ my homemade knubster to fine tune)
As you can see I use FCS PC R2 quads in my spitfire and hellfire and they work really well for me. Fins are like bicycle seats - they fit everyone a bit differently; what one person likes another might not. You will have to bite the bullet and try...in Australia a lot of surf shops have demo sets so you can try before you buy, maybe there is something like that in Europe and the Carribean?
I don't change fins around that much...once I find the perfect set I just leave them but sometimes I will change to a thruster set for bigger waves where the quad speed becomes too much. Like my hellfire gets too fast in double overhead. If I were you I'd get a tri-quad PC R2 set if you like them and use quad + stabiliser and maybe use a thruster setup in overhead +. Again though it is a matter of experimentation to find what you like.