Kanoa Dahlin, at the age of 21, a North Shore native, joined the professional world of surfing and traveled the globe for several years. From surfing small beach break waves in Japan, to huge surf at world-renowned spots, Kanoa did it all.
While traveling, he was not totally satisfied with the fins he had. So over the years, with the help of his professional surf friends, he developed a full line of surf fins. Starting with the high-performance K2D2 thruster fin, to the Missy Lucy, a nose-rider and everything in between, Kanoa designed fins to match any board that you have in your quiver.
If you get confused, or if you don’t want to read all the descriptions, email us and we’ll help. When you email us, tell us your height, weight, board size and fin setup (single, 2+1). Our email is sales@HawaiianSouthShore.com, and yes, we check our email often, so we’re not going to leave you hanging.
Note: The fins are made in the USA by Fins Unlimited. The Aloha Fabrics are only available at Hawaiian South Shore. Each size and color ordered is limited, so once we’re out of an Aloha Fabric design, we can’t order more.
If we are out of a certain fin template and size, email us. These are not mass-produced fins, so the quantity is very limited on every order we get.
Below are all the model descriptions.
Starting from the K2D2 which is the thruster fin. Then the list goes to Longer performance fins and the last fin is the pivot noseriding fin.
K2D2 is my thruster fin in the line.
This fin is solid in all sizes, conditions and breaks! Although this fin is designed to be ridden as a thruster, it can be used as a 2 plus 1. The larger K2D2 with side GX or G1000 works really well together.
4 5/8” thruster/ board size: open/ Surfer weight:155lbs or less
4 ¾” thruster/ board size: open/ surfer weight:160 and up
5 ½”thruster or 2 plus 1/ board size: open/ surfer weight: open
The concept behind this fin was to create a fin that was forgiving yet highly responsive. To capture this quality, I had to reduce the base, the lead rake and the angle of the tip. This fin will allow your board to nose ride and turn with finesse. Yet allow you to surf it aggressively should you chose to.
6.75”-2 plus 1 long board 9’2 or less/ mini tank. Surfer weight: 115lbs or less
7.0”-2 plus 1 long board 9’0 and up. Surfer weight: 120-165lbs
7.25”-2plus 1 long board 9’0 and up. Surfer weight:170-200lbs
This is a small fin but it drives! It creates so much momentum you usually don’t have to pump. It will create all the speed you need. Because it has so much rake, this fin locks your tail into the curl while nose riding through sections. Great for boards with it’s center box placed way up or for big sufers who like small fins.
6.75”-2plus 1 long board 9’6 less/mini tank. Surfer weight: 110-165lbs
7.75”-2plus 1 long board 9’4 and up. Surfer weight: 180lbs plus
Also great for all size fun boards.
The whole concept behind this fin was to create a fin that was going to loosen up your long board without giving up it’s driving and nose riding capabilities. To achieve this, I reduce the height and base of the original template and then added rake and a thinned out tip. This now compensates for the loss in area, giving the fin the ability to drive and nose ride and yet be looser than the original template.
7.0”- 2 plus 1 long board 9’6 shorter. Surfer weight: 165lbs or less
8.0”-2 plus 1 long board 9’4 and up. Surfer weight: 190lbs plus
Also great for all size fun boards.
This is the original Kanoa Fin.
7.25”- 2 plus 1 long board 9’6 or shorter. Surfer weight: 170lbs or more
8.0”– 2 plus 1 long board 10’0 and up. Surfer weight: 210lbs plus
8.0” also great for all size fun boards/mini tank
9.0”– single fin long board 9’4 and up. Surfer weight: open
10.0”- single fin long board 10’0 and up. Surfer weight:open
The problem I had with cut away fins, were that they never drive and they would always side slip. To ensure that my Offspring wouldn’t do that, I created a cut away fin that had added base and a considerable amount of rake. You now get the quick looseness of a cut away, the drive for your maneuvers and the stability to nose ride.
7.25”- 2 plus 1 long board 9’6 or less/ mini tank. Surfer weight:165 lbs or less
8.25”-2 plus 1 long board 9’4 and up. Surfer weight:175lbs
9.5”- single fin long board 9’2 and up. Surfer weight: open
This fin is my version of the boomerang fin. When using this style fin in the past, I’ve always had problems with the fin slipping out in the best or most critical part of the wave. For instance, bottom turns, cut backs and top turns. To eliminate the ‘slide slip,” I’ve given my fin more base ( producing drive/nose stability), reduced rake (no tracking), and a reduced center and tip ( creates release/speed for maneuvers). This is a fantastic nose riding fin and great for carving maneuvers.
7.0”-2plus 1 long board 9’6 or shorter, mini tanks &fun boards.
Surfer weight: 165lbs or less
8.0”- 2 plus 1 long board 9’6 and up. Surfer weight: open
9.5”-9’0 long board and up sibgle fin
This is my personal favorite! It’s a cross between a pivot nose riding fin and a conventional carving fin. Large single fins are usually designed to do either or. This fin does it both. It’s a pivot fin with curves or rake. Allowing you to carve. It’s got just the right amount of base so it will drive and not track. And it has a blunt tip so it will allow your board to break freely from one rail to the other without tracking. And as far as nose riding, this fin will set your board in the curl and be so stable you can hang through sections! Enjoy!
9.0” single fin long board 9’0-9’8. Surfer weight: open
10.0” single fin long board 9’9 and up. Surfer weight: open