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Bonzer Fin Positions

Posted on 18 January 2009

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CENTER FIN POSITION: The position of the center fin can vary from surfer to surfer. We have included a basic guide within the description of each particular model. This is not etched in stone. Please feel free to experiment. A few general rules are: 1) If you are having trouble finishing out turns and cutbacks, or getting up and down the face quickly enough, you should move your fin up approximately 1/8" to ¼". 2) If you are digging rails, or catching rails in front 18" to 24" during cutbacks, you should move your fin back approx. 1/8" to ¼". 3) The leading edge of the center fin usually ends up about even with the trailing edge (at the base) of the side fins, plus or minus ¼". Please understand that these are basic guidelines, and are relative to where you stand on your board, and if you are standing in the right spot according to your style and the type of board you are riding.

Contemporary Shortboards:
6" fin….5 ½" to 5 ¾" from the tail
6 ½" fin… 5 ¾" from the tail
7" fin…. 5 ¾" to 6" from the tail

Eggs:
6" fin… 5 ½" to 5 ¾" from the tail
6 ½" fin…5 ¾" from the tail
7" fin…. 5 ¾" to 6" from the tail
On eggs over 7'2" fin may be moved up as desired

Octafish:
6" fin… (rarely used) 5 ½" from the tips of the tail
6 ½" …. 5 ½" to 5 ¾" from the tips of the tail
7" fin ….5 ¾" to 6" from the tail

Russ Short:
6 ½" fin….5 ¾" from the tail
7" fin….5 ¾" to 6"
On boards over 6'10" fin may be moved up as desired

Bumblebee:
6" fin…(rarely used) 5 ½" from the tail
6 ½" fin….5 ½" to 5 ¾" from the tail
7" fin…. 5 ¾" from the tail
8" fin… 6" to 6 ¼" from the tail

Pods:
6" fin… 5 ½" from the tail
6 ½" fin… 5 ½" to 5 ¾" from the tail
7" fin…. 5 ¾" to 6" from the tail

Longboards
Have at it and figure out according to the size fin you like to use in your longboard

3 Fin VS. 5 Fin Question:
The Bonzer 3 and 5 fin systems have very similar performance characteristics. The main difference is that the 5 fin setup is a bit quicker off the top, and is more maneuverable in the hook. This makes for a more conducive and contemporary approach to wave riding. The 3 or 5 fin systems can be used on any model. This will produce a slightly different feel in each, but inevitably the shape of the board will determine more the way the board rides than the fin setup. For instance, putting the 5 fin setup on a Russ Short Model is not going to turn it into a contemporary shortboard.

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