CHOOSE YOUR STYLE
With so many different fin options it is possible to tune your riding style to the conditions that are laid out for you on any given day. If you want to be sticking close to the pocket of the wave then the quad setup allows you to push tighter turns much more vertical for that more surf style. A perfect example was when Kauli won the PWA Cape Verde event a few years ago on the quad because he was able to ride the waves with much more surf style, keeping right in the critical section of the wave and launching huge aerials off the latest of hits right underneath the lip.
My personal opinion is that there is no right or wrong about riding a wave, you choose how you want to do it on that day. Competition might direct you to a certain way but if competition is far away from your mind and you want to go out and just slide the board along the lip of the wave for as long as you can then that’s what wave riding is about to you. Where board shapes are now so closely related and construction is really optimised it seems that fins are perhaps one of the greatest variables now. For a pro, their lives are great, they can have custom boards made for each event they go to should they wish and they can opt for any fins they want on any shape board, their variables are somewhat larger than the everyday windsurfer, that’s why the 5 fin box has developed, it’s allowing every windsurfer out there the chance to have a board that works at any spot they visit any time of the year.