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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by JET01 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:24 pm

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The less effort, more relaxed you are, and more subtle you surf it the better it responds. It forces you to strip down any superfluous movement and really focus on the wave.
You just articulated the biggest learning of my single fin tangent.

And I can't wait to get my big red bastard down to bells to do just that.

We'll have to tee up a wave next time there's a swell around.

I don't mind riding mine (6'8) in bumpy point waves. I find the weightiness of the board really helps getting through the chop and the length is great for getting in early on the high tide.
I flick over to the 7'7 over on the beachie though.

Glad it's going well for you mate.
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Hatchnam » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:32 pm

Yep. You gotta let single fins do their thing. Feel the wave out, don't try and force your agenda on the board or the wave. Let the board and wave be boss and follow along

They're simple and neutral but also really unforgiving if your
Timing and positioning is even slightly out. There's no quick way to make up lost momentum (no pumping your way out of a mistake like on multi fin boards) as it's essentially just a rudder
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Davros » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:26 pm

Blue ribband. Blue Ribbon is a brand of Ice Cream. Looks like a creamy board

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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by offshore1 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:52 am

Hatchnam wrote:
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... The less effort, more relaxed you are, and more subtle you surf it the better it responds. It forces you to strip down any superfluous movement and really focus on the wave.
You can still throw in some Dionysian hand jive . Surely.
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by JaM71 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:03 am

Oh yeah, the hand jives are the cherry on top, I would add a hair flick into my best waves as well but I don't have enough hair left
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Beanpole » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:13 am

A subtle nose blow or wrist adjustment on the wettie is statement enough.

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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by godsavethequeen » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:45 am

You have to surf to feel the ocean. Sometimes the ocean catches you, Wipeout!

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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Hatchnam » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:33 pm

Ok. So it’s been about 9 months since I got my custom 6’4 single off Stuart Paterson. Have surfed it in a mix of conditions. Ideal being chest high to double overhead.

And of course being a single fin, it wants a running wall with a consistent pocket. It eats points and reefs and quality walled up beach breaks.

Pretty flat rocker so has a tonne of glide speed. It’ll take on a steep drop, but you’ve gotta get in early, be on point with positioning and get your line set right.

Hollower and faster the wave, the steadier it feels and the better it goes. Forget trying to surf vert-top-to-bottom on it, not going to happen. But it will turn in procession, high and tight off the top, and steep in the bowl, providing you’ve kept tight in the pocket and bottom turned deep in the trough, delaying your turns.

Have had a few barrels on it so far and the board feels amazing. It holds in beautifully, without thought, and milks the trimline for speed. Cutbacks feel clean and like a fine scalpel.

The board demands precision. If your timing is out it’s very unforgiving. It’ll lose momentum - no “quick pumps” to regain speed. It sharpens your game.

It’s my board of choice for sandon, cronulla point, and reefs down south.

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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Trev » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:27 pm

First photo I thought Iggy has added some cuff restraints to his dungeon.
Then I realized it was a surf shop and they were leg ropes hanging over the back.
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by saltman » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:38 pm

Really like the foil and plan-shape iggs
Cant help thinking after a read of your review, it would be more versatile and just as special as a widow maker or bonzer set up
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Hatchnam » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:32 pm

Perhaps but I prefer a single over a 2+1. More drawn out turns and a cleaner feeling trim line. More limited in turn angles and generating (it’s own) speed. But for me that’s the appeal. It’s stripped back and basic, but you have to be spot on with everything you do. No room for error.
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Trev » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:37 pm

Looks like it'd paddle well, Iggy.
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Hatchnam » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:49 pm

It does.
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by batoes » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:53 pm

That's a lovely looking board. You're set for winter :)
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Hatchnam » Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:02 pm

The fin box in my 6”10 was coming loose in the board so got a new one fitted. No bolt, just insert the fin and push into place. Dropped the fin size down to a new 7’0 and now set it up as a 2+1, which might give it a bit more range in different waves, for frequent short arc turns, rather than just drawn out swooping carves down the line.

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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by marauding mullet » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:19 pm

I like the sound of that finbox, what's the board?
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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by Hatchnam » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:13 pm

Here the way the fin box works..

https://youtu.be/3yJosBzdc4Y

The board is a mark rabbidge single fin step up. Have had it for a couple of years. Bought cheap off gummie. 6”10 x 20” x 2 5/8”.

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Re: Single fin shortboards

Post by marauding mullet » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:18 pm

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