Groveler surfboards, the craft you reach for when the surf is tiny and weak, have exploded in popularity. What fins work best for these voluminous little wave biscuits? Here are my current favourite groveler surfboard fin setups.[If you’re looking for a groveler surfboard, check out the article ‘Six Popular Groveler Surfboards Compared. I Like Them All, Especially #6′. Since then, I’ve discovered and reviewed two more great options, the SUPERBrand Fling and the Lost R.V.]
If you have seen the post Surfboard Fins Explained, you will know that the best fin designs for a board intended for small waves will likely have a wider base and longer rake for more drive, a good pinch of flex and, most important, lots of foil for speed and acceleration. Also, I am partial to quad fin setups generally but especially in small wave boards. The speed and the touch of extra looseness I feel with quads is perfect for the conditions I am usually surfing these boards in.
My long time favourite fin setup for short, wide, fat boards were the Futures Stretch Quads:
Recently, after surfing my Channel Islands Average Joe with this setup, I started surfing my custom groveler by Mike Psillakis with Captain Fin Co. Dane Reynolds Summer Teeth AM2’s up front with plain trailers at the back. This board is so thick, so wide and so flat that I don’t need as much acceleration but I do have trouble turning the board and, frankly, I just wanted to try something after using the Stretch quads for so long.
But my recent favourite for groveler boards with big, wide tails are the Futures Seaworthy Quads [Buy Now…]. Developed with Matt Biolos of Lost Surfboards and a similar concept to the Futures Controller Quads, these fins interestingly have no foil but the shape just seems to compliment those big, wide tail boards perfectly!
Thank you to John R for asking the question about groveler fin setups on the CompareSurfboards Facebook page.
Have a favourite fin setup for your groveler? Let us know below…
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