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Old 04-10-2016, 03:24 PM
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Wakesurf fins -- what's the scoop?

Just purchase a Ronix Powertail and need some expert advice on the art and science of fin placement.
(Up to now we have ridden on a CWB Ride using all sorts of fin and no-fin combinations.)

I'm curious about the ins and outs of fin placement in general, as well as specifically on the Powertail board.
- Which fins to remove first?
- Which slots to use?

The board came with three 2.9" fins but I understand both shorter and longer fins are available.
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Old 04-10-2016, 03:52 PM
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I tried all 3 at first and it was too tight. Went down to a single center fin and it was great. Depending on your wake and surf style I'd try 2 outer find or a single center. All 3 guns will be a bit much.


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Old 04-10-2016, 04:08 PM
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We ride ours with a 3 fin thruster config. Seems fast and locked in. Haven't tried other configs but will this year.
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Old 04-10-2016, 04:56 PM
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Drop the center fin, and ride with the two outside fins in.
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:14 PM
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Thanks guys.
What about placement of the fins in the slot -- front or back?
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:44 PM
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Thanks guys.
What about placement of the fins in the slot -- front or back?
I use the front boxes.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:37 PM
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Wheel, as you can see, it really depends. Bottom line is go ride all configurations, including adding some deeper fins in all combos. If you guys are just learning, it may be easier to start with all three stock fins for stability. I have a skim with single center fin, and a surf with two deeper fins on each side of the board - both are a blast.

We were given good advice by other surf rats when starting out: try and ride everything especially as you improve. Ride both skim and surf, both will aid progression; within reason/spec ride all board sizes both sides of the wake, same rationale. Sometimes, three fins will slow you down too much say if just trying to ride the pocket for a larger beginner; other more experienced riders use the extra or larger fins to pump the board ie: thruster which develops more speed.

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Old 04-11-2016, 05:15 PM
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Place them right where you back foot will be. I ride with my rear foot more forward so mine are in the front. If you ride more on the rear the move them to the rear.

Here's how I set my new boards up. I place the Small fins in the front spot and try to power slide if I can get it to break loose/traction I move to the larger fins, (which is normal for me) Until it won't break loose.


Definition on breaking lose/power slide: get on the wake sweet spot and go back and forth kind of like you see the nascar drivers do when they have been under caution and are about to take back off they move the car both left and right to clean the tires. You will do the same thing going harder and harder if it spins out on you, go to bigger or more fins. I find the two fin set up is the best for me but it's not for all riders.

I need to post a video, maybe I'll do it this year.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:50 PM
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http://www.doomswell.com/blogs/news/...wakesurf-board

Little more in depth about fins, but good info.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:11 AM
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Nice thread - we moved from a boat with a smaller wave to an X20 - will now need to adjust to the larger wave so the info/links here are a great help
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