An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
FCS stands for "Fin Control System". FCS Fins and FCS plugs were introduced to the Australian market in 1992 and then released globally in 1994. The first FCS plug was patented shortly after their global release allowing FCS Fins to quickly become the worldwide standard for removable surfboard fins. To this day FCS Fins are one of the strongest, most successful, and most widely used removable fins in the world.
Since their global release in 1994, FCS Fins have laid claim to more than 30 ASP World Titles among countless other surf event titles. At the time of this article, no other fin system in the world lays claim to a single ASP World Title in the men’s, women’s, junior's, or longboard divisions. The success of FCS Fins is a testament to their advantages over other fins and fin systems and this includes traditional fixed surfboard fins.
FCS Fins originally pushed the traditional thruster set up to the next level, quickly following that up with a twin fin and longboard fin line, complete with longboard sidebites. In the years since, FCS has been a leader in the quad revolution as well as the current 5-Fin craze. Currently, FCS is focused on their new FCS II Fins and fin system and while FCS II seems to have solidified itself as the future of surfing, the FCS II plugs are reverse compatible and will take any original FCS Fins. So whether you don't want to give up your favorite FCS board, or you just want that old FCS template that you can't find in FCS II, the original FCS Fins will be around for a long time to come.
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 FCS Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of FCS 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.
We are an authorized online dealer for FCS and have carried FCS Fins since before most companies had online shops. We strive to carry and stock the entire line of FCS Fins, we consider ourselves a premiere online surf shop and as such we back that claim up with the knowledge, customer service and brands that you would expect us to have, which includes FCS Fins. On this very page, you'll see all the fins FCS has to offer. Not sure which FCS Fins you need? Call us, we're here and we'll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.
The Surfboard Warehouse, Inc.