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greensurfer
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Post by greensurfer » Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:47 am

Has anyone found a reliable source for glass fins suitable for a surf kayak?
Even better might be somewhere to get cheap plastic fins that can be discarded after a few rocky launches?

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Post by MattD » Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:52 am

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Post by shore-thing » Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:09 pm

I've just picked up a spare set of fins from Amoeba.

At £35 they're cheaper than the Mega fins. (And I didn't have to wait five weeks for them to be sent to me.)

http://www.boat-shed.com/index.html

The red fins used in the Mavericks tend to wear down and break far more easily than the black mega fins I've had in the past.

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Post by StoneWeasel » Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:18 pm

MattD wrote:I used to go through sets of these:

http://www.rainbowfins.com

EDIT: THESE:

http://rainbowfins.biz.sco.com/tab0/sto ... _fins.html
Nice looking fins, Pity they are out of the 2.5 thruster sets.

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Post by Goldspoon » Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:39 pm

Stainless steel... have them on my Rockhoppers and Riot Boogie (have some BIG juicy stainless steel maibu chopper uppers as well!)...

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Post by pearcy » Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:53 pm

http://www.endlessriver.co.uk/shop/erol.html do a range of single fins and are based in the UK.

If you click on Kayaking and scroll 1/2 way down the page they do single
3.5" , 5" , 6" glass fins (£15-20) if you looking to mix and match.

Like the shiny stainless steel Goldspoon! But do you not run the risk of snapping the fin box / hull fixture with fins that strong?? I would rather snap a fin then have to pay for a boat repair.


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Post by greensurfer » Fri Apr 07, 2006 12:00 pm

Thanks everyone I might try looking on the waveski sites too. Stainless looks a bit extreme! It's a pity no one has come up with a cheaper more renewable option yet, even sand has rapidly worn the profile of my fins. I suppose surfing with a single fin would be another answer!

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Post by wave skier » Fri Apr 07, 2006 12:37 pm

Hi,
Palm do a set of 3 small plastic fins for their sit ons. I think for about £20.
i saw them in Up and Under in Cardiff. The Amoeba fins are well made but seem a little big for my taste. Mega fins are about the same size as the Palm ones. I'm sure you know but it's important to check the fin system as not all the fixings are the same. Recently saw some very nice carbon fins manufactured in North Wales by an aquaintance of Nathan Eades. When they are generally available they will be worth considering.

Harry.

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Post by greensurfer » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:08 pm

Also found some fin box adapters so could fit a vast selection of the newer style fins.

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