Fins can be made from a wide range of materials resulting in a completely different feel for the same fin shape. This allows surfers to tailor their boards performance using different fins for the conditions they encounter. It also gives people just starting out in surfing a simple way to progress and improve their skills by mastering the different flexes and responsiveness provided by the materials. Below are the fin materials offered by FCS & Futures, the two largest fin manufacturers in the surf industry.
FCS fins come in a large range of materials designed for a specific surfing ability range. The material construction is stated commonly when purchasing these fins so you know what you should be looking for based on your ability.
Futures have designed their fins to be rated on a ride number (RN) scale of 1 - 10 (1 being more hold & drive, 10 being looser & more responsive) as opposed to based on materials used inside their fins. A number of their fins contain the same materials but are designed in a way that results in completely different performing fins. Below is the materials you win find in futures fins.
As you can see there is a multitude of materials that futures combines into their fin offerings. For a full simple guide of how to choose a fin based on your needs click this link and watch the Futures ride number explanation video.
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