Author Topic: Rut row...going from a 28" wide to 22" wide SUP is a HUGE difference!  (Read 1907 times)

LoudounSUP

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I got a great deal on a 14x22 Ninja. Problem is...I've been on a 14x28 raft (RS AirGlide) and the difference is quite shocking. I learned the hard way that March water temps are not ideal for learning to paddle a narrow board!
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With enough practice you'll get there. Get your self a good fin in mean time, it might help with easing you into it.
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LoudounSUP

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bigger fin = more stability?
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bigger fin = more stability?

Larger surface area and then depth are the metrics to go by in that order. More surface area will help you remove some of the wobble over the standard fin
while overall faster due-to its shallower template and larger base.

The Larry Allison Dolphin keel is a very popular race fin for many folks transitioning to a narrower race boards: https://www.paddlesurfwarehouse.com/dolphin-keel-fibre-glass-fin-co-larry-allison.html.html

Another option would be the Larry Allison Hybrid fin: https://smile.amazon.com/Larry-Allison-Hybrid-Race-Touring/dp/B07NF9BZHS/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=larry+allison+hybrid&qid=1615555146&sr=8-1

This fin is not as fast but would be more stable due to its template with a lot more surface area in the tip. More affordable as well.
« Last Edit: March 12, 2021, 05:24:15 AM by burchas »
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That is a big jump. I have worked my way down to a 22.5 board recently.
 F ONE flatwater. A very different  board to the Ninja though. Flat bottom and large square tail so I would imagine it is more stable.
 As burchas says fins do make a big difference. I would buy a cheap fin like the FCS touring fin.
 You need to have confidence in the secondary stability of the board. It may feel tippy initially but when you lean on that large rail there is a lot of stability there.
 Keep moving. It sounds silly but when you slow down the fin and rails aren't working and the board is less stable. I used to start kneeling and do a few strokes to get moving then stand up. Same stopping,kneel down before you stop.
 It takes time but you will get there and the reward will be worth it.
 Nice board buy the way.

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Many thanks tarquin - all good tips!
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Loudoun,  I've had the fin mentioned in this 2011 posting for ??? (Red in color)  ...it also lacks a screw. If you'd like to simply try it send me a PM.  It's yours to test for the cost of postage. 

https://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php?topic=11744.0


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Loudoun,  I've had the fin mentioned in this 2011 posting for ??? (Red in color)  ...it also lacks a screw. If you'd like to simply try it send me a PM.  It's yours to test for the cost of postage. 

https://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php?topic=11744.0


Jim

Wow Jim, that is so thoughtful of you...many thanks. I think I'm going to just flat out purchase the Larry Allison "Dolphin Keel 14".  I also found this $39 keel fin for consideration: https://checkout.supatx.com/sup-atx-keel-fin-color-black-length-7-5-free-shipping.html
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I also found this $39 keel fin for consideration...

If you're going for junk, you can go much cheaper.
If your fin does something similar to the picture below that's not a good thing...

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LoudounSUP

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Noted...stick with the Larry Allison...got it!
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Copy ...report back, and good luck. 

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Copy ...report back, and good luck. 

Jim

Unfortunately, the Larry Allison fin does not fit. It's very long, and seems a bit thicker than most FCS fins. I even got out my rubber sledgehammer to drive it into place but its just not happening. Bummer.
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If itís just a matter of thickness you could easily address it by sanding the base.
Itís better a base too thick than thin.
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Agree w/ burchas, probably worthwhile to make the effort to sand the base.
But if you're still looking at other fins ... check out my classified at:
https://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php/topic,36992.0.html
Fanatic Allwave LTD 9'4"x33"x173L
NSP Carolina 14'x25.75"x299L
+ a few prone surfboards nobody here cares about :)

 


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