Where to place your SUP centre fin

WHERE DO I POSITION THE MIDDLE FIN ON MY FIBREGLASS/SOFT-TOP/EPOXY STAND UP PADDLE BOARD?

The most common fin system on SUP boards has a track that is longer than the fin itself. This design allows you to customize the performance of your board via the fin placement either further toward the nose, or tail of the board.

1. FIN POSITIONED ALL THE WAY FORWARD TOWARDS THE NOSE

Surfing
Putting the fin all the way forward in the fin slot will make your board feel more maneuverable and make it quicker to turn. The negative is that the board will not track in a straight line as well, and may feel like you’re moving slightly slower. This fin placement is one you’d want to consider this position if you are paddling in smaller or crowded waters, or when surfing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. ALL THE WAY BACK TOWARDS THE TAIL

Long distance paddle boarding, or when you want increased straight line tracking

This will increase the stability of your board, and will also increase the boards tracking and speed. Negative is that it will be slower to turn. This is a good placement if you’re paddling longer distances and want to maximize the tracking of your board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIN SLOT

Any condition where you want a mix of tracking, and maneuverable
This fin placement will give you a mix of all the performance characteristics of the other fin placements, and is the one most favoured by paddle boarders. Positioning your fin In the middle of the fin slot will give you a mix of control, stability, tracking, and speed on your board.