'Shapeshifter' interchangeable tail shapes
If you read the Swellnet forums, particularly The Shaping Bay, you may have seen a thread about this - and if so, you'll have seen my initial scepticism. The 'Shapeshifter' is a standard shorty with approx. two inches lopped off the tail. On the exposed rear edge is the female end of a lock-in system, much like FCS.
The board comes with a range of tail shapes that slip into place allowing it to be ridden as a square tail, swallow, rounded pin, asymm etc etc.
My initial sceptism was due in part to the relation between fins and tail shape; if you make the board longer, say by screwing a rounded pin tail in, then the fin cluster also has to move. The video attached shows the original 'Shapeshifter' board has FCS plugs that can do that. All well and good.
But what about fitting the attachment system to new boards, or retrofitting it to old ones (plus new FCS plugs)? Initially, fin systems were popular due to an ease in travelling, not increased performance. The same argument doesn't apply here. Will people pay the extra bucks necessary for installation and tail range..?
Also, the attachment fits boards of equal tail width so there won't be that much difference in perfrormance. Yeah, there'll be some, but enough to warrant installing the sytem?
I'm sitting on the fence for this one...