This last weekend in Sydney we got a nice little pulse of swell. Which gave me a chance to try my new dominator in some reasonable waves. Friday was about 2-3' and Saturday afternoon was about 5' and Sunday morning before the NE came up we had clean 6' (somewhere south of Sydney) and maybe slightly bigger on the bombs.
Saturday was a really nice surprise as it was a very light southerly. Southerlies are badness usually but this was just puffing every now and then and the conditions were glassy and only half a dozen of us on the whole beach! Uncrowded waves on a Saturday afternoon - a real delight. The crew had persevered with the morning's 2-3' and gone home and the NE swell built all afternoon. If you're not getting this, it was bloody good! For me especially, as I decided to make a little stabilizer fin for the 5th fin slot on my dominator - if Kelly does it, it must be good, right? So I gave it a try, all those concerns about the dom not having enough drive and pivot and surfing kind of flat were put to rest. It just went insane, on rail turns, vertical in the pocket and more speed it seemed than with just the quads.
Here was my first attempt, the "slug", a GX cut about 3/4" trailing back down to 1/2"...
It really made the board go the way I wanted it to. I always felt that quads need a little bit of something down the centre to give them something to pivot off, a double concave gives you a ridge which does the trick and I think the centre vertex (pointy bit) of a bat tail helps too. The dominator being a single concave needed a bit of help and this seemed to work well.
The next day, Sunday, we had some clean 6' waves early in the morning and I'd decided to go for a more refined looking stabilizer fin more like the knubster shape though only half its height at 1". This one was an MR TX trailer fin which I cut down and foiled. Perhaps just for the aesthetics. Here it is...
It is hard to say which one works better but I'm thinking the first one despite its cruder looks, either way they both work very well. I have a feeling the first one is a tad looser because it is a little bit lower and the highest point is further forward. One thing's for sure - I'll be keeping the Dominator!