How to Choose Futures Fins - Trusted By Both Professional and Recreational Surfers Around The World
Futures Fins is one of the leading removable fin systems and trusted by both professional and recreational surfers around the world.
The single, comprehensive fin box is easy to use and provides adequate support to prevent broken fin bases, and the wide variety of available models provides options for all styles and sizes of riders and waves.
Future has signature fins from many of the industry’s top shapers and surfers, including Al Merrick, Dan Mann, Eric Arakawa, Hayden, Pyzel, Matt Biolos, Tomo, John John Florence, Jordy Smith, Dave Rastovich, and Rob Machado. It also has a number of different construction options with different advantages, such as Blackstix, Honeycomb, TechFlex, Control Series, and Legacy Series.
The different fin sets are available in a number of different sizes as well, with X-SMALL fins working for groms and super lightweight surfers between 75 to 115 pounds, SMALL working for surfers between 105 and 155 pounds, MEDIUM working for mid-weight surfers 145 to 195 pounds, and LARGE fins being appropriate for surfers who are 180 pounds and above.
Futures Fins are also broken into three categories based on their general shape, with rake fins having a more drawn back design (providing extra drive), pivot fins being less drawn back and more upright (providing a looser feel and a tighter turn radius), and neutral fins finding a balance in the middle.
Perhaps the most complicated factor when choosing Future Fins is the ride number. Future Fins have a ride number that ranges from 1 to 10, with the lower numbers providing more control and the higher numbers providing more speed and responsiveness.
The Speed Generation fins (10-7) are best for small to medium waves where you need to generate speed and want to increase performance. The inside edge of the fins is scooped out slightly like an airplane wing (this is called a vector), which adds lift for down-the-line speed and also provides additional flex. This vector is obviously very helpful in smaller, less powerful waves, but tends to stick in larger, hollower waves.
The Balance fins (7-4) include the Performance Core and Vector (carbon fiber)
fin lines (not to be confused with the vector inside edge of the Speed Generation fins) have flatter foil and tend to be stiffer, which makes them great for heavier surfers or those who provide their own power and speed, but who still want some release during their turns.
Finally, the Speed Control (4-1) range of fins is quite stiff (typically made of carbon fiber or fiberglass) and is designed for increased control at high speeds and in heavy, powerful waves of consequence.
As you can see, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when selecting fins for your boards with Future boxes. That being said, if you know what style of surfing you do and what type of waves you typically ride, it becomes quite a bit easier to select the right fins for the day. And the ability to change fins based on the conditions has the added effect of making your boards more adaptable, effectively increasing the size of your quiver without having to buy more surfboards.