If you surf and have ever been "skegged," you've suffered at least a major bruise or, at worse, a deep laceration. The fins on a surfboard are deliberately made thin -- and therefore very sharp -- to help the surfer move quickly and efficiently though a wave.
New fins cut
The cost of the efficiency has been the risk of serious injury.
But now Aiea-based Surfco -- developers of protective surfboard devices such as Nose Guards and Diamond Tips, and the Quick Fix ding repair kit -- has redesigned its popular Pro Tech Performance Fins.
What make these "new" fins special are their soft leading and trailing edges, developed to reduce fin cuts and injuries.
As an added benefit, though, Pro Tech Performance Fins also enhance board performance. The flexing of the soft trailing edge allows water to flow smoother, more naturally, with less turbulence off the fins. The soft edges, Surfco officials said, are similar to the fins of dolphins and sharks.
In this new fin version, the soft yellow urethane meets the rigid black plastic fin in a wave-edge pattern, making it tougher and more durable. The flexible trailing edge of the fin has been widened, allowing the water to flow more naturally off the back of the fin. This feature seems to make the board ride smoother, and easier to turn.
Fin size is strictly for short-board designs, but a variety is being developed for all kinds of boards, including long boards.
Tim Ryan, Star-Bulletin
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