Video transcribed - David Interviewing Ryan from Vektor System.
You know where we can start off is, how you came up with these fins, and then your background. Okay I - basically was working at Island Fin designs in Waialua, Sugar Mill. And designing fins.. or mostly Steve guys. But doing all the work, getting covered in fiberglass every day, and foiling them and cutting them out. And we just fooled around with our own template, and I just wanted to do something different. I wanted to kind of create a fin that had a unique template. And I was mainly focused on drive, and is a-- I was going from side bite type fins, right? I wasn't really thinking of trader fins at the time. And from there, I came up with this template, and created - this is like 12 years ago. So created 4 different templates since then. And just been riding them.
So you test them out on all kinds of stuff?Yeah, yeah, yeah. So we test them out. Go surf north shore, and come back and do single foil, double foils, use this template. Used to be pretty big, and then we kinda shrunk it down.
How about we start out with this one. This is the kind of - medium template. It's called the VT, it's just a versatile template. So it's the mid size, the length and the height. It's about 2 inches high, 4 and a half inches long. And this is in futures system. So this is the newest one. We just kind of stuck to FCS the whole time. But a lot of guys are riding futures now, so I wanted to get - getting futures in most popular template. Yeah, it's not too long, not too small.
Yeah. So a lot of guys ask me - maybe you can explain the fin? Why it's long and stuff like that, compared to like a normal nubster?
Yeah so well the front section is like a normal template. Kinda like a fin design, right? Kind of sticks with that. The way it bites in the wave and-- The first section is kinda - creates the bite, right? And the hold. And this is the tapered rake or trailing edge. And that's what releases the fin. The drive comes from the water flowing in this direction. Any longer fin base gives you more drive, right? So if you're a bigger guy - you go with a longer base, more drive stability. But the unique part is how it releases off. So when you're turning, instead of having a really sharp or steep rake - it's more of a transitional kind of release. So it feels different, I like it, It works better in my opinion. 'Cause it's more focused on drive, right?
So when you're turning it's a lot smoother. It's smoother, smoother than just kind of coming out.
So basic theory, and maybe why you'd want to add it to your board - is to basically create more drive and stability to your setup. Whether it's a quad setup or thruster set up. You're just kinda adding to that setup. And you're trying to bridge the gap between the pros and cons with a thruster. Not as much drive, so you want to add a little more drive. With the quad, not as much control or stability. So you're just trying to add a little more stability.
This is the smallest one, it's the small - the VS, and this is the VD. So it's - this one's more focused on drive. Maybe if you're a heavier rider, you'd want to ride something like this. If you're a smaller grom or something, then this would be--
Oh okay. Or if you just want a little-- It's a little swirly. It all depends on your fin setup, size of your fins
Yeah. The board you ride. But you can add something small like this.
So you own the company? Yeah.
You designed the fins. Designed the fins, yeah.
Right on. And then there's - how many years of design behind that? About 12, 14 years. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
So this is pretty much the original nubster. 14 years ago, he was working on this before-- Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Anybody knew what a nubster was. Yeah.
So that's pretty cool. Yeah. It's just coming out now, as far as getting out in the stores, retailing it. Thanks to Dave helping out with that.
Oh right on man. Thanks for letting me bring it in. Yeah, yeah. Right on, thank you.
Right on. Thank you, thank you, shoots.
HISTORY By Ryan
Vektor started in 2002 when I was living on Kauai. I started to design a fin with a unique template to improve drive, speed, control and maneuverability. I drew up a template and got my first prototype made from Island Fin Designs. I rode this template and noticed the difference in the ride right away. It felt really natural and smooth. I knew that this was a solid template. I was amped on it and learned everything I could about fins and how they work. I eventually started to work for the same fin design company Island Fin Designs on the North Shore. I would make a fin then surf it after work. With the knowledge that I gained, I fine tuned the fins and made the correct adjustments. I started to experiment with different fin templates and learned first hand how they effect different aspects of performance in the water.
I’ve been working on the fins with the help of test riders and designers in the underground, ameutur, and pro levels for over a decade now. The fin angles, templates, installation, positioning, and performance have evolved over the years. Vektor’s unique fin template designed specifically for drop knee is properly balanced to give you drive, speed, control and maneuverability. Established in 2001, created in Hawaii, and tested around the world. Vektor Systems has now developed into the most advanced and functional high performance system for wave riding.
VT - VERSATILE TEMPLATE
Recommended Rider Size: Weight (55-90+ Kg / 120-200+ Lbs)
VFC - FULL CIRCLE TEMPLATE
Recommended Rider Size: Weight (65-90+ Kg / 145-200+ Lbs)
VS SMALL TEMPLATE
Recommended Rider Size: Weight (43-65+ Kg / 95-145 Lbs)
VD - DRIVE TEMPLATE
Recommended Rider Size: Weight (65-90+ Kg / 145-200+ Lbs)