How in the World do I Decide on a Traction Pad?

Hey Guys, one thing not discussed enough in the surf community is the Surfboard Traction Pad. Usually, this critical piece of surf equipment is a “one and done” and that’s absolutely the wrong philosophy. Changing your Traction Pad can make you feel more at home on your surfboard, giving you better grip and ultimately helping you become a better surfer. I wrote an article a while back on www.TheSurfboardWarehouse.com that discussed some of my thoughts on Traction Pads in Detail.Hopefully you find it useful, catch you soon.

“How in the World do I Decide on a Traction Pad?”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 2/10/2017

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-79-surfboard-traction-pads.aspx

Choosing a Surfboard Traction Pad is no small feat, especially here at The Surfboard Warehouse where we literally have hundreds of pads to chose from and pride ourselves on having the largest selection of Surfboard Traction Pads in the world. (Need proof? Scroll down.) That said, how in the world do you decide on a traction pad? I guess the first question would be, “Do I even need a Surfboard Traction Pad on my board?” The answer is, YES. Surfboard Traction Pads have single-handedly pushed the sport of surfing to previously unheard of level of progression. Sure, maybe you’ll never land a Rodeo Flip, but do you want to smash the lip harder? Do you want distribute your weight better and get deeper in the barrel? A Surfboard Traction Pad is the answer, so how do you decide on one?

At the base level Surfboard Traction Pads generally have a few things to take into consideration. How many pieces do you want your pad to be? Some surfers like more pieces so they can spread the pad out over the tale to maximize space covered and add a few grooves for extra grip. Other surfers would argue that a multi-piece traction pad will pull up easier. (If you get a quality Surfboard Traction Pad and put it on correctly, you shouldn’t have an issue with it pealing off your board, still this is one school of thought worth mentioning.) Also worth mentioning, some surfers actually wax their Surfboard Traction Pad, something to consider and something you can try easily enough.

Next, do you like an arch bar and if so how tall do you want it? I find one EXTREMELY helpful, but realize that with a Surfboard Traction Pad the arch bar height is a personal preference, mostly dependent on the arch of your foot. Think of your Surfboard Traction Pad like a shoe, you want a snug fit. If you have a high arch go with a taller arch bar, if you’re more flat footed go with a small arch or no arch at all. This may sound like something that inconsequential, but take my word for it, if you lock the arch of your foot on that arch bar when smashing the lip you’ll be surprised at the amount of extra spray thrown and once you have the mechanics down, you’ll land it.

Something else to consider is the tail kick on your new Surfboard Traction Pad. Not only does the tail kick help to lock in that back foot and keep if from slipping off the back of the board, having a tail kick will help with your duck dives. No Joke. When you duck dive, you want to maximize your depth under that 8 ft. face or risk the punishment. The best way to do that is leverage and wouldn’t you know that having your toes dug into that tail kick at the back of the board will maximize your leverage and when duck diving properly, get you that much deeper under the incoming set. Also, in the air game a tail kick is a must on any Surfboard Traction Pad. Launching an air is much like an Ollie on a skateboard and you need that tail kick to help maximize your air potential.

Believe it or not there are a few more, less important things to consider. What type of “groove pattern” do you like the best? The only way to know is try a few different Surfboard Traction Pads. Some pads now have a “Scoop Kick” which I personally love. Also, size is key, do some measurements of the tail on your board. Depending on the rails I know some guys that go half an inch off the rail on either side with their Surfboard Traction Pad, but generally an inch to an inch and a half off the rail is preferred, that’s why we try to list the measurements of every pad we sell. If you have a fish, longboard or SUP make sure you’re getting a Surfboard Traction Pad specific to that type of surfboard.

One last note. A Surfboard Traction Pad can easily be taken off with a hair dryer. Run one over the pad on your board to loosen the adhesive and you can then easily peel it off. Thus making is very easy to try a few different Surfboard Traction Pads on a single board. This is a very cost effective way to take your surfing to the next level. Being more comfortable on your board combined with any fraction of added grip, will help you land maneuvers you may have been attempting for years. Also, it’s a good idea to try different Surfboard Traction Pads on different boards as you may find that it’s not a “one size fits all” situation.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we carry Surfboard Traction Pads From: Creatures, Destination, Famous, FCS, Kinetik Racing, Komunity Project, OAM, Slater Designs, Stay Covered, Dakine, Gorilla, Prolite, Ocean & Earth, Sticky Bumps

The History, the Creatures Traction Pad

Hey Guys, one of my other favorite articles as of late, is the piece I did on Creatures of Leisure Traction Pads. Creatures Pads are some of the best in the business and their deep surf history is one of the reasons why. Enjoy.

 

“The History, the Creatures Traction Pad”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 5/1/2017

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-141-creatures-of-leisure-traction-pads.aspx
Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Traction Pads are really interesting, rich with history, lure and team riders. When this years Creatures Traction came out I was looking through the line and realized that a lot of the same guys were still team riders, so I looked back for reference and found I was correct. In a world where some companies team riders change every season it seems like, Creatures of Leisure has had a core of the same team riders for some time now. I think that says a lot, I mean the guys must genuinely like Creatures of Leisure Traction Pads and Creatures must treat them well. Which should translate to Creatures of Leisure Traction treating you well and not letting you down either.

Creatures has touted the “thinnest” Surfboard Traction Pads on the market for as long as some can remember, but I know how and why this came about. As the story goes, back in the day when Taj Burrow surfed for Creatures, he was at the warehouse and said he needed a few new Traction Pads. Being Taj Burrow I’m sure no one objected and pointed him to a box of fresh Traction. Well, Taj was seen a few moments later, picking out some Creatures of Leisure Traction Pads and tossing others to the side. On the outside all the pads seemed the same, so when asked, “Taj, why are you keeping some pads and throwing out others?” The answer was simple. “I like the thinnest pad possible, it allows me to feel my surfboard better.” There it is, off to the races and to this day Creatures of Leisure strives to make the thinnest Surfboard Traction Pads possible, (1mm) so you can better feel your board.

Something interesting this year, is Mick Fannings Surfboard Traction Pad. Not that Creatures of Leisure did a ton different here, but… there are two Mick Fanning Traction Pads! The Creatures of Leisure Mick Fanning Traction Pad and the Creatures of Leisure Mick “Eugene” Fanning Traction Pad. So what gives? Admittedly, at first I thought this was a little strange, but upon some research, I found out that the original Mick Fanning Pad is a bit smaller and lighter for Mick’s performance surfboards and the “Eugene” Pad is wider, for his more “grovely” boards. Now, that’s something isn’t it? I mean, I personally have my “shortboard” and then my small wave board. If I found that I liked the Mick Fanning Traction Pad, in theory I would be able to have one for each board, with the “Eugene” Pad, covering the increased tail area on my small wave board. So, in hindsight, Creatures of Leisure may be on to something, we’ll just have to wait and see.

One last interesting tidbit about Creatures of Leisure Traction Pads, this year is that Creatures has a few new “groove” patterns, the Square Loc II and Diamond Loc II. If you haven’t experimented with different traction…you should! It’s amazing what a different “groove” pattern will do for your grip. Maybe you should try some “cutouts” or some different “kick” styles? Sure you might think I’m full of it, but have you ever experimented with your Traction Pad? Trust me. Try it. You can do everything from reduce the rash you may get on your knees, to increase your grip and in Creatures of Leisure’s case increase the “feel” of your surfboard. All of this will add up and with a bit of experimentation, you may find yourself landing that big cutty you previously always lost your grip on. Just saying. Anyway, Creatures of Leisure Traction Pads are very popular for us every year and I’m sure this year won’t be any different.

Stoked, let us know if you need any help. You’re a surfer, we’re an actual surf shop, there’s no need to go anywhere else. https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/

Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Bags, the Change Within

Hey Guys,

I realize it’s been a while again…but I have been posting a lot of fresh content on our site and I’m going to rapid fire a few of my favorite articles here. Stoked on some of the new lines this year. Enjoy.

 

“Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Bags, the Change Within”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 5/1/2017

Before writing this article, “Creatures Surfboard Bags, the Change Within”, I went back to read my previous article, “Opinion – Creatures Surfboard Bags” (below) a few times to get a point of reference. The take away for me was the massive change in Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Bags from last season to this season, or “the Change Within”, seriously I’m blown away. It seems to me that Creatures took everything they learned last season, which was a huge improvement from the year before and applied even more changes to their Surfboard Bag line this year. I have seen very few companies make so many consistent improvements over three years. Below you find a review of my favorite features on the new Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Bags.

With the Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Socks, not much has changed as one would expect, I mean they are just socks. That said, Creatures did bring the color palette down to just one color per sock template, (Shortboard, Retro/Fish and Longboard) something a lot of surf companies have been doing in resent years to cut costs. However, they did create and an interesting alternative this year, the “surf lite” Surfboard Day Bag. Most of the time “lite” bags aren’t all that impressive, but as I covered with my article on Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Day Bags: “Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Day Bags Reborn” – “Creatures of Leisure has given me good reason to table the sock for now and go with a Surf Lite.”

Past the “Surf Lite”, the Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Bag line is even more impressive, with both the Day Bags and Travels Bags complimenting each other very well. All of the Creatures Surfboard Bags use some amount of their exclusive “Diamond-Tech” fabric. A material that you can tell will hold up even on your most brutal surf trips, whether by car or plane. Another standard feature that I love is the Creatures X-Flow air ventilation system, extremely impressive. In this day and age with more and more surfboards going epoxy, you need to keep your boards cool; the Creatures X-Flow ventilation system delivers and again, it’s available on all the Creatures of Leisure Surfboard Bags. Last, the new Creatures Surfboard Bags look great, with colorways, materials features and patterns carrying across the whole line.

Here’s a few links to some of the other Creatures of Leisure gear that’s new for the season. If you need anything, we’re here and we’ll help.

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-341-creatures-of-leisure-surfboard-fins.aspx

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-141-creatures-of-leisure-traction-pads.aspx

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-142-creatures-of-leisure-surfboard-leashes.aspx

A Review of the new Dakine Surfboard Travel Bag Line

Hey Guys, I got a GREAT one for you today! Dakine has come out with their new Travel Surfboard Bag line and I wrote one of my best pieces yet on their Bags for our website. Again, the delay in posting sooner was do to baby Isla, she’s doing well and will be ripping in no time. The original article is posted here, Enjoy!

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-43-dakine-travel-surfboard-bags.aspx

Dakine Travel Surfboard Bags: “A Review of the new Dakine Surfboard Travel Bag Line”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 4/6/2017

Dakine Travel Surfboard Bags have always been a personal favorite of mine, I’ve used several over the course of my surfing “career” and I’ve never had one let me down. That said, Dakine has just released their new line of Travel Surfboard Bag and there have been some changes. I believe that Dakine is moving in the right direction, but, in my opinion there’s still a bit more they could do to hone in their Travel Surfboard Bag line. This and more discussed below, if you like geeking out on Dakine gear read on!

First, lets talk about what Dakine has done right when it comes to the new Dakine Surfboard Travel Bag line. Quality. I decided to tackle it with that one word because the quality I have come to expect over the years is still there and in a world where everyone seems to be cutting costs, it’s nice to see that Dakine has opted not to sacrifice the quality of their Travel Surfboard Bags to save a few bucks. Everything you would expect from a well made Travel Surfboard Bag is there, durability, functionality, padding, comfortable handles and shoulder straps, pockets, as well as some extra features you’ll grow to love.

More specifically, lets talk about some changes and some of the new Travel Surfboard Bags has added to their line. First and it’s brilliant, Dakine has added the Dakine Recon Hybrid Travel Surfboard Bag to their line. We, at The Surfboard Warehouse have been begging for a bag like this from Dakine for years. We’ve seen the trends, guys are traveling with shorter wider Surfboards and this bag delivers. Now, if I’m being completely transparent with you, we did wonder why Dakine chose to make this bag a “single” Travel Bag, where every other similar Travel Surfboard Bags in their line are what we call “slim doubles” and can effectively hold one or two surfboards. This would leave those of you wanting to travel with a Shortboard and a Hybrid or Fish effectively out of luck. Anyway, something to think about and something I will personally ask Dakine about should I get the chance. Other wise well done Dakine with the Dakine Recon Hybrid Travel Surfboard Bag, which can be found at the below link.

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/p-2623-dakine-recon-hybrid-travel-surfboard-bag-single.aspx

Dakine has also added the “Peahi” Travel Surfboard Bag for those of you that chase big waves. While we realize this is a small market, we do get a good number of people looking for a Travel Surfboard Bag that they can use with their big wave Gun and now we have it. The Dakine Recon Peahi Travel Surfboard Bag Gun is one of the “slim doubles” I was talking about early and can carry two Guns, up to 11 ft. long. Other standouts with the new Dakine Travel Surfboard Bag line as always, is the Dakine World Traveler, one of our most popular wheeled Travel Surfboard Bags year after year. Here the only thing we might ask is that Dakine make one size smaller with the Dakine World Traveler, say a 6’0″ or 6’4″, which goes back to my point earlier, surfers are traveling with smaller surfboards.

Something else we love this year is the Dakine Tour Regulator that can hold between 6 and 8 surfboards! What’s interesting about this surfboard bag is that it has 3/4 foam padding on the side walls, more padding than we’ve ever seen in a Travel Surfboard Bag, so way to go Dakine. If you’re traveling with a big group, or a ton of surfboards make sure to give the Dakine Tour Regulator Travel Surfboard Bag the once over. In retrospect, Dakine absolutely crushed their Travel Surfboard Bag line this year. Every flaw that I could come up with was mentioned here and if I’m being honest it was hard to find them.

Packing your Travel Surfboard Bag

Hey guys! Sorry for the delay, this time it’s not a hack, or our blog disappearing that caused my delay, it’s a baby. 🙂 My wife and I just had a baby girl, so I’ve been at home enjoying being a Dad. That said I figured it was well past time for a post on my blog. So here you go! I just recently posted this article to our website. The original article is posted here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-4-surfboard-travel-bags.aspx

Travel Surfboard Bags: “Tips for Packing your Travel Surfboard Bag”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 3/23/2017

At The Surfboard Warehouse we get tons of questions from our customers about how to properly pack a Travel Surfboard Bag.  Which got me to thinking, I should probably cover some of that information for you here, as there are some tricks that can be really helpful when getting ready for your next surf trip. Obviously, first you need to makes sure you’re traveling with a Travel Surfboard Bag and NOT a Surfboard Day Bag. A surfboard day bag does not have the padding you’ll need when it comes to keeping your boards safe during air travel, so please keep that in mind. Beyond that, read on for tips on how to pack your Travel Surfboard Bag.

Packing your Travel Surfboard Bag can be a slightly different process depending on how many surfboards your traveling with. If you have single surfboard and a single Travel Surfboard Bag, I find it much easier to pack your surfboard in this situation because there aren’t multiple surfboards that could knock into each other during your travels. In this situation, take your beach towels (I’m assuming you’ll be traveling with some) and wrap your board in them first. Then I would wrap duct tape around the towels to keep them securely wrapped around your surfboards and then place your surfboard, wrapped in your beach towels into your Travel Surfboard Bag. Remember to take the duct tape with you so you have it for packing your surfboards in your return trip. I find beach towels a better solution to bubble wrap because you’re taking them anyway, so why spend the money on bubble wrap?

Next, a great solution for the rails of your surfboard are pool noodles! The following can be done with a single Travel Surfboard Bag or when traveling with a larger Travel Surfboard Bag that can hold multiple surfboards. Simply go to the dollar store (if you spend more than a dollar per noodle you’ve spent to much) and by a few pool noodles. Depending on your surfboard length and the length of the pool noodles 2 to 4 noodles per surfboard should be perfect. Once at home take each pool noodle and slit a strait line down one side with a box cutter so that the pool noodle has a side that can be opened up and fit over the rail of your Surfboards. Depending on you’re surfboards and how they fit in your Travel Surfboard Bag, you may need to grab the duct tape we discussed earlier to help secure the noodles to the rails of your surfboards.

I have seen lots of tricks with cardboard on the nose and tale of surfboards when traveling, but to me that creates a hard surface inside your Travel Surfboard Bag that could damage your surfboards. If you feel the need to pad the nose or tail of your boards I would again look to the pool noodle as a much batter option. If you’re traveling with multiple surfboards you may want to buy some inexpensive surfboard day bags or surfboard socks for each surfboard. Then you can put each board into it’s own surfboard day bag before you pack them all into your Travel Surfboard Bag. You don’t need to spend a lot here a very basic day bag or sock will do. This serves two purposes; one, the day bags will keep you surfboards from hitting each other while your traveling and two, when you get to your final destination you have a day bag for each surfboard should you choose to make day trips to other breaks.

On a final note, don’t worry about packing clothes, wetsuits and other surf accessories in your Travel Surfboard Bag with your surfboards. Just be aware that any hard objects could damage your surfboards if you don’t properly wrap them in something soft. Most Travel Surfboard Bags will come with multiple pockets for surfboard fins, Wax etc. take advantage of these pockets. If you can fit everything into your Travel Surfboard Bag and one additional carry on you’ll avoid the airline fees for any extra checked bags. Last, refer to your airlines website when packing your Travel Surfboard Bag to make sure you meet any weight and length requirements. That said, I’ve found you can thrown that all out the window when you get to the check in counter. At that point being polite and discussing things in a friendly manner can go a long way. With the right attitude you might even be able to get any oversized fees waived when it comes to your Travel Surfboard Bag.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the right Surfboard Travel Bag for your trip and we want you to save money doing it. You’re a surfer, we’re an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboards and the Surfboard Travel Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you’ll see the largest selection of Surfboard Travel Bags in the world, made by reputable manufactures at great prices. Not sure which Surfboard Travel you need? Call us, we’re here and we’ll help. We typically have every Surfboard Travel Bag offered here in our warehouse, so we can pull it and put our hands on it to answer any specific questions you may have. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Barrel Hunting with a Future Fins Quad Set

What’s up everyone?!? Chris here again and I just dropped a article on The Surfboard Warehouse explaining Quads and why you would probably prefer a Quad Fin Set when barrel hunting, all within the context of Futures Fins Quads sets. So, whether you’ve never ridden a Quad or a Quad is your “go to”, I’m sure you’ll find a few good nuggets to chew on. Until Next time. 🙂 The originally article is posted here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-157-futures-fins-5-fin-sets-tri-quad.aspx

Futures Fins Quad Fin Sets: “Barrel Hunting with a Future Fins Quad Set”
An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

I have personally ridden a Futures Fins Quad Fin Set on the North Shore and for those of you who have never made your way to the North Shore of HI, the word that sums it up is HEAVY. If you’ve done your research on Quad Fins you should have found that if you’re going to be barrel hunting, riding a Quad is probably going to be your ticket when it comes to getting in and out of deep, fast barrels. In this article we’re going to dive into why that is and attempt to give a frame of reference when it comes to the Futures Fins Quad Fin line. Now, we did talk about Futures Fins Thruster Fins and 5-Fin Sets previously in the below articles, please reference them if necessary.

“Loose your Mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins”

“Thruster? Quad? Both. Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets”

The Quad is interesting and actually out dates the thruster, though the modern surfer might not realize that fact. The reason the quad has come back so strong lately is because of the progression of “shape”. Surfboard shape has come a long way in recent years, new materials and new outlines have had shapers wondering what would happen if they took their design and made it a Quad. Furthermore, Futures Fins, other removable surfboard fins and more specifically 5-Fin boards have given shapers the ability to test a single surfboard as a Thruster and a Quad without changing any thing else. And what’s the take away? A Futures Fins Quad Set might have more to do with the conditions than the actual surfboard(s) that they’re on, think getting barreled.

That brings you up to speed. Now why is it that a Quad tends to do better in hollow, powerful waves? With a little thought, we can walk you though why. Think about leaning on rail HARD, you’re going to have your inside fin engaged with the wave and probably “some” of your center fin, if you’re on a thruster. Now, lets follow this through. If you’re center fin comes out of the wave, your finished. You’ve “slid out” and if you’re in a barrel it’s over the falls you go. What happens if you’re using a Futures Fins Quad? When you lean on rail you’re going to have two fins completely engaged on the face and since your Futures Fins Quad Rear Fins are closer to the rails than the center fin on a thruster would be, you’re less likely to slide out. That’s it, that’s why a Quad Fin Set is going to be better for Barrel Hunting, you have more hold and can lean on harder on rail.

Now enter Futures Fins specifically. I LOVE Futures Fins Quad Fin line, specifically because you have options. Not only are their a good number of Future Fins Quad Sets, there’s also a ton of Quad Rear Fins. You’ll also find different flex patters and sizes, so you’re sure to fins a Quad Fin Set that suits your “feel”. For smaller waves, I’d go with a quad that has a Vector 2 Foil, which is unique to Futures. The Futures Fins Generation Series F6 5-Fin and Stamps 5-Fin Sets come to mind. Then for big heavy barrels I’d go with a flat foil, as a flat foiled fin doesn’t necessarily generate it’s own speed, which you won’t need if it’s heavy. The Futures Fins new Control Series EA Quad Fins come to mind. If you’re absolutely insane and trying to drop into BOMBS, spend the money and get a Futures Fins G-10 Glass Quad. In that type of situation, where not making the wave is life or death, you want a Quad Fin set that will hold your line no matter what. Futures offers the GL 3.75 Quad, the GL 4.0 Quad and the Paddle Quad in G-10 Glass.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we’ve also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your “queue” of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you’re comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that’s why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which set you’d like to purchase and we’ll get them to you.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we are proud to say that we have sold Futures Fins over the internet longer than anyone else! So when it comes to your shortboard, if it’s a Futures Fins Thruster set you’re after, you know that we’re able to help you get the exact set of Futures Fins that’s best for you and your shortboard. If you’re not sure which set of Futures Fins you need, pleas call us, we’re here and we’ll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Thruster? Quad? Both. Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets

Good day to everyone out there in Cyber space. I spent some time after my Futures Fins Thruster article trying to figure out where to go next and thanks to a TON of feedback, I realized that surfers had a lot of questions about thrusters VS quads within the context of a 5-Fin set. Many of you wanted some pointers on when to use a thruster and when to run a quad. Since I had just talked about Futures Fins Thruster Sets, I figured I’d continue with an article that answered your questions within the context of Futures Fins 5-Fin sets. The result is the below article that was originally posted here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-157-futures-fins-5-fin-sets-tri-quad.aspx

If anyone has any questions or suggestions feel free to hit me up, if I don’t’ know the answer I’ll find someone that does. 🙂 Thanks for all the support, I’ll catch you guys soon!

Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets: “Thruster? Quad? Both. Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets”
An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

We touched on Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets in a previous article I wrote titled, “Futures Fins Thruster Fin Sets: “Loose your Mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins”. That said, today’s discussion will focus specifically on Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets, what you can expect from a thruster vs a quad, when you should use a thruster vs a quad and we’ll talk about specific sets within the Future Fins 5-Fin Set line. On a side note, what I personally like about any 5-Fin set is that you have options and I have written this article to help you discover them.

First off with a Futures 5-Fin Set you can choose to run it as a thruster, front two fins plus the trailer. I would like to note here that it is worth your while to buy yourself some Futures Fins box fillers so that you can fill the gaps left by any fin boxes not being used. Fins are all about reducing drag, so it doesn’t make sense to research 5-Fins Sets, just to INCREASE your drag by not filling any unused boxes, in this case the quad rear pair. FILL THEM. Anyway, I like to watch the pros and see when they use which fins. I often find that during competitions guys are using thruster set ups when there’s an open face to be had. If you think about it, the rear fin in a thruster set gives you a clear pivot point, this lends a thruster set-up towards quick directional changes, like hitting the lip or pivoting of the bottom quickly. Therefor, if you have waves with an open, ripable face, you probably want to run your Futures 5-Fin Set as a thruster.

Next, you could obviously choose to run your Futures 5-Fin Set as a quad, but when? And why? With a quad set-up, that clearly defined pivot point is gone and while the tail of your board does still act as your pivot point, with out that rear fin quick directional changes become less defined. However, if you’re barrel hunting, switch to your quad. Trust me. When you have steep, fast, hollow waves that lend themselves towards barrels, you’re going to want to lean on rail, pick your line and hold it. With a quad you’re going to have two fins completely engaged with the water at all times, giving you the leverage and hold you need when barrel hunting. If you’re having trouble getting barreled, this could be the missing piece, so grab your Futures 5-Fin Set and switch it to a quad.

Last, would you ever want to run all 5 Fins? No. Well… Yes. Kinda… If you remember a few years ago Kelly Slater was at the N.Y. Pro. and pulled the biggest no handed 360 in the history of competitive surfing. Not that you’re Kelly Slater, or that you can do 360 airs, however he was technically using 5 Fins. Enter the Futures Fins Knubster, a small 5th. stabilizing fin that you can run in your 5th. fin box with your quad. I’m not going to pretend that I know the best time to throw in a Knubster and it may have more to do with your board than the waves, but that’s the best part about Surfboard Fins, it’s easy to experiment.

Now that we have a good grasp on when to use what concerning your Futures Fins 5-Fin Set, let’s review a few of my personal favorites, after all it is my site. 😉 Anyway, Futures Fins 5-Fin line is pretty sick, but there are definitely some standouts. Right now I’m loving the new Generation Series Fins from Futures and wouldn’t you know two of them are 5-Fins. The Roberts and the Stamps 5-Fin Sets, which are both medium V2 Foiled fins. Because of their size and the V2 Foil, either of these Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets are going to suit smaller waves better. (Please check out their individual 5-Fin pages for a more detailed explanation.) Now, if the surf is PUMPING, I’ve been loving the bamboo in the Futures Fins FireWire 5-Fin Set. The size of these fins, the flat foil and the carbon with bamboo makes them excel in larger surf. Don’t forget! All of the Black Stix 3.0 Fins can be turned into 5-Fin Sets by purchasing the additional Black Stix 3.0 quad rears, a Black Stix 5-Fin Set is SICK.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we’ve also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your “queue” of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you’re comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that’s why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which set you’d like to purchase and we’ll get them to you.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we are proud to say that we have sold Futures Fins over the internet longer than anyone else! So when it comes to your shortboard, if it’s a Futures Fins 5-Fin set you’re after, you know that we’re able to help you get the exact set of Futures Fins that’s best for you and your shortboard. If you’re not sure which Futures Fins 5-Fin set you need, please call us, we’re here and we’ll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Loose your Mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins

Hey Guys! Sorry for the delay in posting… My Blog was hacked. Sucks. However, it’s fixed, I’m back and today we’re talking about Futures Fins. I just wrote a custom article for the site about “Futures Fins Thruster Fins” as we just finished updating that particular page to include all of Futures new models! If you have a shortboard and want to learn a bit more about Future Fins and geek out a bit on the the technology look not further! Enjoy! The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-42-futures-fins-thruster-shortboard-tri-fin-sets.aspx

Futures Fins Thruster Fin Sets: “Loose your Mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

I think it’s safe to say  that Futures Fins puts more into fin R&D than any other Fin company we deal with and this is most evident with their Thruster Fins. For the sake of this conversation (and page) when we’re talking about Futures Fins Thruster Fins we’re also talking about their 5-Fin Sets as well, since any of the Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets can be ridden as a Thruster and are ideal for your shortboard. If you ride a shortboard, particularly one with a Thruster Set up, prepare to loose your mind with the Future Fins Thruster Fin line. I personally get exited about this topic as I am an avid shortboarder and know from experience that changing your fins will change your board.

The first thing to take a look at when discussing Futures Fins Thruster Fins is their tech. You might think that it’s all hype, but I assure you, it is not. Your fins are the most engaged part of your surfboard and that is particularly true when we’re talking about your shortboard and any critical maneuvers you may be trying to make. It makes sense then, that fin flex is a huge issue and that’s what Futures Fins tech is all about, the flex of a fin and making a fin flex in a specific, consistent pattern. With Futures Fins you have, materials that include; Thermotech, Honeycomb or “Hexcore”, Techflex and Solid Glass and fin series that consist of the Black Stix 3.0, the Generation Series and the brand new Control Series. Again, all this is focused on fin flex for the feel you want with regards to your shortboard fins.

Without getting into to much detail, Thermotech is the most flexible (and cost effective) material, then you get into honeycomb, which is lighter and stiffer and last Solid Glass being the most stiff. From this Futures Fins made some keen observations, that you don’t necessary want a fin with the same flex properties from base to tip, especially with Thruster Fins. So they began experimenting with different carbon layouts, creating shortboard fins that flexed more or less in different places, based on the layout of the carbon, honeycomb and glass materials. Ultimately, that’s where we find ourselves, with the Control, the Generations and the Black Stix 3.0 series. Fins that are all the product of Futures Fins giving us unique flex patterns across multiple fin templates.

Next, once you’ve decided on what flex preference you prefer with your Futures Fins Thruster Fin Set, you’ll find yourself discovering the dozens of fin templates Futures has to offer. (I told you you’d loose your mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins) Futures found that some Fin templates worked will across multiple materials, while at the same time finding that other fin templates were best in only certain materials. A good example of this is the Pancho Sullivan Thruster Set, which is only available in the Control Series. Pancho is a big surfer that surfs powerful waves with an equally powerful style, so it wouldn’t make sense for Futures Fins to use his template in a more Flexible material. You want a stiff, controlled fin material for the Panchos, thus why his template is only available in the Control Series.

Last, we need to discuss Foil, of which Futures Fins has several different fin foils available across their Thruster Fin line. Flat foiled fins will give you a more traditional feel, that said, technology has shown Futures that a flat foiled fins may not be the most resistant to drag. That’s how the Vector 2 or V2 foil came about. On a Vector 2 Foiled Fin, the inside of the fin is not flat, but rather concave, which allows the water to adhere better to the fin, reducing cavitation and ultimately drag. Science proves that it’s a significant amount of drag reduction, which translates to more speed for your shortboard. Again, V2 Foil works well with some templates and materials and not so much with others. The Black Stix 3.0 all have V2 foil and are therefor faster and more lively. If the surf is a bit less powerful and you need to generate your own speed, then you want V2 Foiled fins on your Shortboard.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we’ve also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your “queue” of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you’re comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that’s why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which set you’d like to purchase and we’ll get them to you.

Longboard Fins, Accessing your Potential

Hey Guys! Figured it was time for a change of pace. I recently stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and wrote an article on ThSurfbaordWarehouse.com about Futures Fins Longbaord Fins. Now, I have been on a longboard enough to know that the below is true, however I am a shortboarder at heart and that’s where I’ve truly seen surfboard fins change my surfing first hand. That said, if you’re a longboarder this article is for you. The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-53-futures-fins-longboard.aspx

Futures Fins Longboard Fins: “Longboard Fins and Accessing your Potential”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 2/20/2017 on TheSurfboardWarehouse.com

I admit, I surf shortboards first and foremost, that said I know enough about longboards to know that Longboard Fins will change the way you surf, possibly more than shortboard fins do. There’s one key element to longboarding that separates it from anything else. Noseriding. The classic “Hang 10”, though for most of us hanging one or two is about as far as it gets. Longboards carry an inherent diversity that shortboards don’t have and that’s because of the length. More board means the potential for more rail engaged with the wave, sometimes that means you need less fin, sometimes that means you need more. Either way, if you’re serious about your longboard, you should be serious about your Longboard Fins, if you are you’ll access your potential.

The first thing you need to think about when deciding on a Futures Fins Longboard Fin, is your surf style. Style on longboard is one of those things you just can’t get with a shortboard, because of the the laid back approach you can take on a longboard. Are you trying for that elusive “hang 10” moment? Are you going for slow, laid back carves? Are you more of a progressive longboarder hunting barrels and steep faces? Do you think doing a “snap” on a longboard isn’t possible? Put a 6 in. Performance on your Longboard with some sidebites and think again. Change your Longboard Fin, better yet have a few of Futures Fins best Longboard Fins on hand and lets see what you can do.

Let’s say you have a “shorter” longboard and you’re gunning for “Ando’s” smooth style, trust me, put a Futures Fin Ando Longboard Fin on your longboard and get to work. That style I was talking about? With a little effort it will be well on it’s way. If you want a traditional feel that will always help put you on the right spot on the wave, try a Futures Fins Performance Longboard Fin. In that case, if you’re looking for noseriding go longer, if you want to loosen things up, try a shorter Performance. If you REALLY want to noseride and have a “log” go with the Futures Fins Rudder Longboard Fin and you’ll be perched up there for days.

While I won’t argue that being on a good shortboard is about how it “feels”, I also know this is more true for a longboard. Being on a longboard can be super rewarding and is a skill in and of itself. Trust me, if you want to access your full potential, experiment with your Longboard Fin. Start with a time tested classic template like the Futures Fins Performance and go from there. With Futures Fins Longboard Fins you can even stay in the same template and go an inch longer or shorter to really dial in the feel you’re looking for and just when you thought you were dialed, try adding some sidebites.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we’ve also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins Longboard Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins Longboard Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your “queue” of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you’re comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that’s why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which Longboard Fin you’d like to purchase and we’ll get them to you.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we are proud to say that we have sold Futures Fins over the internet longer than anyone else! So whether you’re considering a single longboard fin, a new twin fin setup, a thruster, quad or 5-fin set, you know that we’re able to help you get the exact set of Futures Fins that’s best for you. If you’re not sure which set of Futures Fins you need, pleas call us, we’re here and we’ll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Buying a Travel Surfboard Bag and Saving Money.

Hey Guys! It’s good to be back in the office after the weekend and it’s even better to have The Surfboard Warehouse Blog working again! 🙂 After posting the last article I was trying to figure out where to go next and I thought it was best if we just stuck with the same theme, Surfboard Bags. In that light, I have posed another article that made it’s original debut on The Surfboard Warehouse a few months back. If you’re thinking of planning a surf trip and need a Travel Surfboard Bag, be sure to read the below article first! Thanks for everything, I’ll talk to you guys soon. The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-4-surfboard-travel-bags.aspx

Travel Surfboard Bags: “Buying a Travel Surfboard Bag and Saving Money.”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

Choosing a Travel Surfboard Bag can seem overwhelming, this is partly because you’re most likely buying your Travel Surfboard Bag in the midst of planning for a surf trip, where you have a thousand other things you’re planning/thinking about and that’s worth noting. During the planning stage of your of your trip, costs are adding up and you’re trying to save where you can. That said I can not caution you enough, DO NOT TRAVEL WITH A SURFBOARD DAY BAG in order to save money, you’re asking for an costly disaster. If you’re traveling by plane, you need a Surfboard Travel Bag.

The best way to decide on a Travel Surfboard Bag, is give the subject the time and research it deserves, that said if you’re reading this article on TheSurfboardWarehouse.com you’re off to a great start. When it comes to buying a travel bag in a cost effective manner there are ways to save. First, do not wait till the last minute, if you’re buying your Travel Surfboard Bag online keep in mind that surfboard bags are bulky items and will cost a ton to express ship. Order your bag with plenty of time to spare so you can ground ship it. In the case of The Surfboard Warehouse, we offer you free ground shipping, which saves you an average of 10% – 15% on your purchase.

Next, know how many surfboards your taking so you don’t overbuy. A single travel bag that holds one board will cost a lot less than a wheeled coffin that can hold up to eight! Keep in mind another money saving tip is packing most or all of your clothes in your surfboard bag, that way you can fly with just your Travel Surfboard Bag and a carry on, saving the money on an additional checked bag. This is a great strategy that you need to be mindful of so that you buy a bag that can fit everything you’ll need for your surf trip. Another cost saving tip, is using your beach towels as extra padding. There’s no reason to buy bubble wrap, or any other additional packing materials if you’re taking beach towels anyway, simply lay them on the bottom and top of your surfboard(s) to provide that extra piece of mind.

Once you’ve decided how many surfboards you’ll be taking and how much other gear you’ll be putting in your Travel Surfboard Bag, you need to check with your airlines and see if they charge by board or by bag. Don’t worry, there are cost savings to be found here too! If you’re airline charges by board, make sure you’re buying a Travel Surfboard Bag that can hide a board or two. This can easily save you hundreds of dollars on your trip! Now I’m not one for being dishonest, but as surfers the airlines can and will take advantage of us. I have taken several trips where my surfboards cost more each way than my ticket! If the airline charges per board, you’re always only taking one or two boards and we sell Travel Surfboard Bags that can help you accomplish this goal.

With everything we’ve discussed so far, I believe you’re search for the right Travel Surfboard should be inherently narrowed down all ready. If you’re planning on taking three boards, which I think is the sweet spot for any lengthy trip, you now need to decide if you want a wheeled Travel Surfboard Bag or not. Again, keep in mind that the cost of a wheeled bag can be easily made up if you no longer have to check a separate luggage. Most of our wheeled coffins should easily fit three boards and a duffel full of your clothes. If you’re using this strategy, make sure the duffel doesn’t have any hard areas, exposed zippers, hard handles and metal buckles can and will wreak havoc on your boards if the airlines throws someone else’s luggage on top of your Travel Surfboard Bag.

It is important to note that the most expensive thing that could happen is the airlines destroying your surfboards. The best way to insure that this doesn’t happen is getting the right size Travel Surfboard Bag for your surfboards, as a snug fit equates to the best protection. While length is very important here, the style of your boards and potential travel bag is just as important. You ideally want a Travel Surfboard Bag the same size or slightly longer than your boards and you want to make sure that you’re getting a Shortboard, Fun/Fish, Longboard or SUP Surfboard Travel Bag to match the appropriate board(s). Keep in mind if you’re planning on padding the nose a tail of your board(s), you’ll need extra length to accommodate the extra padding.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the right Surfboard Travel Bag for your trip and we want you to save money doing it. You’re a surfer, we’re an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboards and the Surfboard Travel Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you’ll see the largest selection of Surfboard Travel Bags in the world, made by reputable manufactures at great prices, including; FCS, Dakine, Prolite, Ocean & Earth, Creatures, Komunity Project, Sticky Bumps, On a Mission and more! Not sure which Surfboard Travel you need? Call us, we’re here and we’ll help. We typically have every Surfboard Travel Bag offered here in our warehouse, so we can pull it and put our hands on it to answer any specific questions you may have. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.