Just curious as to wether anyone is running the Blackstix Fins over the Techflex (in any template)?
From what I gather the Blackstix is a softer fin, with a tighter turn radius due to the V2 Foil and the softer tip, which also helps when generating your own speed. As opposed to the Techflex which is a stiffer flex, more suitable to controling speed/stability on larger waves where you dont need to generate any speed.
But Im just wondering if the difference is actually that noticable, and what peoples actual experience/preference is for either Technology and in what type of waves e.g. Crumbly Points/Hollow Beachies.
Hopefully all this will help me choose the right fins first time for the 6'5 HZ Im looking at getting, which I will aim to ride on the better days, but on a variety of different breaks.
Cheers & any comments greatly appreciated.
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Rusty R1 Blackstix ThrustersAnyone use these - http://www.futuresfins.com/fin-detai...rusty_full.jpg
Ive been looking at getting a thruster set for my Hellfire and probably will use them on a Hellrazor too when I finally get one.
Ive been using the Honeycomb AM2's as a Thruster and Quad set up on my Hellfire which are OK but fancied trying something thats a bit more lively and might give me a bit more speed and tighter turning radius in chest to just overhead point breaks. The Blackstix seem to fit the bill as they are more flexible and I like the V2 foil.
Ill save the AM2's for the overhead + days for more stability
I was also considering the Machados - http://www.futuresfins.com/fin-detai...chado_full.jpg
Im looking at getting a 6'5. 33.7L, which will be my first ever shortboard.
My 6'4 HF 36L is a great board and I can catch waves pretty easy, so I reckon I could drop the 3L without too much hassle to keep the length down on my HR as I will be using it for the better days anyway. Im just under 90kg dry 6'2. The Hellfire I will keep for not so steep waves or bigger days when Im shitting myself and getting in slightly earlier is a nice thing. I have my PN for anything under chest high.
I was considering the machados as a thruster setup for the HR as they are getting great reviews, but they look to be on the bigger side of a Medium Template. Im just abit concerned they may be a bit too small for the board and my weight as I usually stick to a large template fin.
If anyone has any thoughts or recommendations with the fin setup or board size im considering, I would greatly appreciate any advice.
6'6 Hellfire or 6'8 AlternatorLoving my 6'8 Hellfire, but I reckon I could comfortably drop down in size/volume a wee bit now Im progressing. I fancy going to a 6'8 Alt, but also considering the safer bet of a 6'6 Hellfire. Both these are 4 LTRs less than what Im riding now, which I can pretty much catch anything I want. Primarily I want something that turns that much tighter. Mainly surfing Point Breaks Chest to just over Head which can be a bit on the soft crumbly side at times. Would the Alt turn that much quicker than the HF? Any advice greatly appreciated.
6'6 Spitfire FCS Quad suggestionsHi All
Just thought Id see what fins you guys may be using. Ive read the other post on this and seems like the GAMS or R2's could be OK, but thought Id throw it out there anyway before I go blow some cash and get something that may not work too well either.
Im 93kg Beg/Int with a 6'6 Spitfire. Been riding the Indo Fins Controllers but finding it doesnt turn off the top all that well. So I tryed M7 fronts and Stretch S4 rears but that felt a bit.. well... wierd too, very little drive and stiff.
So any other suggestions greatly appreciated
Considering a Hellfire?Hi All
Just wanted any thoughts or advice on some board selection. I have only been surfing 18 months but get out 2 - 4 times a week. Im 6ft 3 , 40 yrs and about 93kgs and surf East Coast New Zealand . I currently have a 6'6 Spitfire with Indo Controller fins (45Ltr) which is great. It gives me adequate paddle power to get into most waves around here, which are normally on the fatter side) I could probably even drop to a 6'4 Spitfire soon, or on the better days. The Volume Calculator has me at 43 - 53 ltrs if I class myself as Intermediate (which I would say Im more like Beg/Int but then volumes are way over for me)
I have been considering a 6'8 or 6'10 Hellfire for the days when the waves get overhead as Ive noticed I do struggle a bit on the SF when that happens. I like the Idea of the 47Ltr volume on the 6'10 and getting in that bit earlier would certainly be welcome at my current confidence levels haha, but when i look at the dimensions it feels like its going to be too wide & thick and I probably favour the thickness etc on the 6'8. But then I dont want to leave myself short of paddle power when Im out there? I guess Im wondering if you guys prefer a bit less or a bit more volume when it comes to the bigger days???
I have also recently started surfing more at quite a hollow, fast beach break, normally waist to head high. I am struggling a little on the SF keeping the nose up with the hollower take offs and drops compared to the normally fatter point breaks ive been surfing. Alot of it i know is just my current skill level but Im just wondering if you guys would have any other board choices for these type of waves? (I hear people taking smaller boards on these waves but I cant see how I could drop much more volume as I would have even later drops, but then Im open to any suggestions)
I have read all the other posts and theres some great advice there which has really helped me so far....... but just thought i Would throw it out there
Any advice greatly appreciated, cheers