How To: Find The Right Combination

With many producers nowadays it is not guarantied everything works together like we would like. Ofcourse when spending something between 1.500,- and 10.000,- euros it should be good and competitive!

In 2010 I see a lot of trends comming back at different brands, I think you can change boards easily and still have a good gear combination. Sails are much harder, since I haven't tried most of the 2010 sails I can't tell much, but the designs are sometimes far apart. I think Neilpryde matches everything quite good, also Starboard matches all sails quite good. The Severne Reflex 2010 also feels like a sail that can be tuned around for different boards/styles.

It doesn't go really wrong when you use boards/sails out of the same group. Starboard/Severne, ,Tabou/Gaastra, JP/Neilpryde, Naish/Naish, Fanatic/North.

Smaller brands
But there are also some brands like Carbon Art, Maui Sails, Mistral, RRD, etc. How to match these is harder, I would advice just to contact people using them. For the Carbon Art Speedboards I can tell these work with almost any sail ;).

Some boards are very forgiving and support the fins good, while other boards have high demands and need a good board. Often small boards are forgiving and good big boards have high demands. I think many producers offer different fins for different needs, with Sonntag Fins the fin will be specially finetuned for you needs (style/weight/board/sail), but the production Select S07 also does a great job.

Erik Loots

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  1. I tried the new Simmer slalom fin 34cm. Found it really good,rarely spins out compared to an older Drake I had (freeslalom swift 36cm). And a fraction of the cost of many of the top brands.

  2. Does simmer produce slalom fins???

    About the Drake freeslalom, this fin has a bended outline. It is freeride and I guess developed for best performance below 30kn boardspeed.

    We speedsurfers often need more lift, and freerace/ freeride fins start to spin-out.

  3. Yes, they started last year. It has a slalom profile with a slight V at the back. At the very tip on the trailing edge there is a small 'nipple' which seems to catch spinouts quite well.
    It is the one in the middle -

  4. Interesting, another finbrand