Flyer: Two Is Not A Prime Number
I’ve never been a fan of twin fins.
Owned many, ridden plenty, couldn’t get any of them to work. “They lack drive," I tell myself, and anyone else who cares to listen - which right now means you.
And it’s not my only complaint.
Turning options are limited, meaning arcs are shorter, they lack projection, while I feel kneecapped going backside and positively legless in big waves.
It’s a thorough list, no?
So far, my conviction has been strong enough to withstand alluring clips from the likes of Rasta and Asher. Yeah, I admired their delayed bottom turns and footloose top turns but sagely attributed them to the pilot not the plane.
I theorise that pro surfers are clothes horses of a kind: instead of making duds look good, they make boards look good.
...but it did get me wondering about two fins.
Then this week I watched ‘Sway’, Josh Kerr’s wonderful new film, and was also granted a pre-screening of Torren Martyn’s sure-to-be-an-epic ‘Lost Track’. Both surfers are at the top of their game, yet in different ways: Kerr is always ultra-radical and tight to the pocket - except when he’s flying above it - while Martyn is all grace and flow as he pushes clean water off the rails or holds a line from deep.
Both are exclusively riding two fins, and they were ably supported by random punters riding twinnies in a clip of Lennox we ran on Swellnet earlier this week.
It felt like the arguments were stacking up against me. ‘Maybe I was wrong about the design?’ I began to wonder. ‘Perhaps rocker curves have changed over the years? Or maybe, just maybe, I’m not the pilot I thought I was…?’
Dark thoughts indeed.
But then a barbed li’l piece came in from Ding Alley writer, Gra Murdoch. A facetious, semi-spiteful takedown of twinnies and the people who ride them, and, for the time being at least, I went back to blaming the board.
(Written with Reg Barton and his towering Gary McNeill twinny in mind)
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