Fins, as a rule, get seriously taken for granted. Hull goons, among others, have always paid attention- shape, flex, placement. In the on-going tune of the P-38, and its morphing side project, the Dirty Sanchez, I've been looking at fins to complete the tune of these sleds. On hearing that some slide was happening on some P-38s, I looked at lack of flex as a possible answer. In a long phone jive with Marlin at 101 Fin Co., he helped me sort out some issues, suggested other solutions, and generally expressed an interest in what was going on with my boards that normally only I and the owner would be expected to have. Combined with a touchy-feely session at last May's Sacred Craft show, my concepts of flex foiling combined with
some great template ideas from Marlin to produce some fins I'm really jazzed about. The above is
a DU fin, modded over the phone, for the Dirty Sanchez. Higher, tighter, way more flex.
These suckers will give the D.S. both more fish pivot
as well as more hull spring and drive.
On the arctailed, true blue P-38, I'd initially foiled my own fins from a birchply/fiberglass laminate. These rocked on my board, and on others. Marlin came up with a mod that virtually
imitates how my birchply fins behave.
It's amazing how much more flex and punch we can put into a fin with a seedy extra quarter inch, but that's what's going down, and it's all on Marlin. Thanks, Dude!
Check out this yellowfin nugget. I'm seeing a personal parabolic in this fin's future. The flex is immaculate.
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