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rswabsin



Joined: 14 May 2000
Posts: 387
Location: New Jersey

PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some general comments about your fins: The fins you have should work fine with your larger sails (5.5 and above). Fins also require a little care to keep them in good sailing shape. If your fins have rough edges along the leading edge and tip from hitting rocks, grinding into sandy lake bottoms, or just moving you gear around on the sand and gravel shoreline - you need to gently sand those rough edges out to restore the smooth finish. Very easy to do and can greatly improve performance. You'd be surprised how much drag a dinged up fin can have and how it will prevent you from getting the board to plain early.
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cgoudie1



Joined: 10 Apr 2006
Posts: 2214
Location: Killer Sturgeon Cove

PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a windsurfing stage everybody goes through where they believe
they can buy their way to better performance. and you can, but you
can't buy your way to a better skill set. I remember thinking (some 30 years ago) if I could only afford this or that ...board/sail/fin... I'd be able
to ....go fast...plane early...Jibe...

The thing is, to actually be able to use the performance, you need the skill
set first to ....go fast...plane early...Jibe...

I'm not saying you can't improve your gear and notice, but you might be
better served to just spend every windy day on the water, and maybe
vacation someplace where it blows often and consistently.

I'm a big fan of "good" fins and some fins really make a board, but spending
a large amount of money on a new fin at your stage might not be that productive.

.02

-Craig
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
Posts: 18972

PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cgoudie1 wrote:
There is a windsurfing stage everybody goes through where they believe
they can buy their way to better performance. and you can, but you
can't buy your way to a better skill set.

Sure you can, from ABK, other training camps, trips to better venues, and/or private professional lessons. Didn't work when I tried it 30 years ago, but options have improved a great deal since then ... I hope.
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cgoudie1



Joined: 10 Apr 2006
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Location: Killer Sturgeon Cove

PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right! I should have said "buy your way to better skills with equipment,"
although purchasing performance equipment at the beginner stage could
actually hurt your skill set rather than help it.

That's why I mentioned vacationing in a place with consistent and
frequent wind.

-Craig

isobars wrote:
cgoudie1 wrote:
There is a windsurfing stage everybody goes through where they believe
they can buy their way to better performance. and you can, but you
can't buy your way to a better skill set.

Sure you can, from ABK, other training camps, trips to better venues, and/or private professional lessons. Didn't work when I tried it 30 years ago, but options have improved a great deal since then ... I hope.
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westender



Joined: 02 Aug 2007
Posts: 1148
Location: Portland / Gorge

PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like some of the stuff from this place.
http://www.vectorfins.com/fin/rockit
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ss59



Joined: 10 Nov 2016
Posts: 67

PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a quick go on a Viper 91 with a 5.7 not a lot of wind - ridiculously easy to sail, planed remarkably early and went quite well - wish I could have learnt on something like that.

Honestly, if you want to improve you should sell the 4.5 MauiSails Global, the 4.7 Chinook PowerGlide, 7.5 MauiSails Scream and definitely the 9.0 AeroTech FreeSpeed - sell the fins apart from what came with the board and spend the money on a course with a good instructor - I absolutely promise you, you will get where you want to go so much, much, much, much, much quicker.


after that, you will actually know what kit you need.
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grantmac017



Joined: 04 Aug 2016
Posts: 686

PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I lived in an area of very light winds (which it seems the OP does) nothing got me more quality time on the water than a cheap old raceboard.
It might not be sexy and it definitely won't turn but it absolutely beats the heck out of slogging a gigantic plank of a beginner board around in 8kts.
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
Posts: 18972

PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cgoudie1 wrote:
purchasing performance equipment at the beginner stage could actually hurt your skill set rather than help it.

Absolutely! Our gang many years ago had a guy who told every newbie to buy race gear for learning how to WS. Several of his proteges quit WSing altogether because the gear, the rigging, and the technical demands overwhelmed them. It didn't help when intermediates who were still years from jibing out-planed and outran them hands down and rigged in WELL under half the time.
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U2U2U2



Joined: 06 Jul 2001
Posts: 4977
Location: Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania. Colorado

PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I order from the UK and others in Europe.

Some even have paypal, none are any thing other than a USA company.

K4 are a great alternative to G10, some come in super stiff.

I have near all variations , includes some that arenít even on the K 4 site.

_________________
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4Boards....May the fours be with you

http://www.k4fins.com/fins.html
http://4boards.co.uk/
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NOVAAN



Joined: 28 Sep 1994
Posts: 1146

PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much any fin that does not spin out heading to wind is a good enough fin for now. I have had high buck fins that where just ok and really good fins that came with the board. In your case spending money on a fin isn't going to
"wake Up" your board. Consider a good used freeride board for you next investment...
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