Speedsurfing with LARGE fins

This one is difficult, I wrote in the beginning of this blog an article about lenght & speed of fins. When it comes to lenght of the fin there you have 2 extremes:

-Short as possible, less surface (like a 29cm underneath a 60cm wide board)
-As Long as possible, most power (like a 35cm underneath a 60cm wide board)

I keep my eye close on www.gps-speedsurfing.com and lately I see a trend of more&more people are going for as long as possible AKA most power. In the (speed) worldcup the fins on pictures also look quite large, so would be this faster????

In the Netherlands speeders are now taking the dayvictory on local spots with a large fin- but normal size sail combination. This would also confirm that longer fins are faster, in at least windstrenght till 25-30kn

I think it has to do with experience& style, I think big fins are scarry. But with enough experience I guess some speeders can control those big fins. Making the boarddrag very small...

List of sessionwinners with big fins:
-Tim Hemer 27cm fin underneath a 44cm wide board
-Sander van Huizen 38cm fin underneath a 61cm wide board
-Jacques vd Hout 31cm fin underneath a 50cm wide board


Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.

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