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westender



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The average person worrying about speed loss from their fin being a little too big is Laughing Your technique or lack of is what's slowing you down.
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akrausz



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Location: Sarasota, FL

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Any time I start my way back to them; the board stops planing. Would a small fin get overpowered from the weight moving on top of it from it not producing enough "lift"?

Using the right fin is very important, but most of us, especially as beginners, misunderstood "fin lift" at some point. The fin will not help the tail of the board raise up at all. If you can't get going, in addition to the mentioned lessons, you want as much fin and lift as you, the board and sail can handle. If the windward rail of the board is lifting, and you can't keep it down, you got too much fin.

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I remember from an earlier post of yours that your footstraps were located in the bare beginner positions. That greatly limits your performance and the ability to progress. You need to push the margins and test yourself. Move the footstraps to the outboard positions ASAP. As long as you have enough wind to plane, it shouldn't take more than a couple of sessions to confidently get into those outboard straps.

You'll know when it's time to try the outboard position.

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Since you are looking at investing in additional fins, you might want to pick up both a 38 and a 42cm to establish a broad base fin quiver that you can rely on for years.

I use a 44 MFC slalom fin that came with 123 liter freerace board with a 7.3 sometimes in light wind, but I'm 215 lbs. Same sail with 138 liter free formula I use what came with it, 56cm.


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manuel



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most important is to match the fin with sail size and board size.
In terms of speed, I feel like the board is the most important factor.

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akrausz



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

manuel wrote:
Most important is to match the fin with sail size and board size.
In terms of speed, I feel like the board is the most important factor.

Agreed, the beginner board will give you a feeling of speed, But once the rider progresses past intermediate, you need a good fast shortboard to really go fast and feel in control.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

manuel wrote:
In terms of speed, I feel like the board is the most important factor.

Other than technique.
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