An old school twin fin design modernised for the new school, the Eye Symmetry Elmore twin fin is fast and loose – great for expanding your mind in the surf.
The skatey, loose feeling of a twinny is like no other fin configuration and needs to be experienced to be believed. You’ll be flying down the line and turning quicker than ever before thanks to the wing, flute tail combination and slightly more generous outline.
Have you sampled a new school twin fin surfboard like the Eye Symmetry Elmore? Have a question? Let’s talk about it in the comments…
+ Maintains the fast, free ride typical of a twin fin but with modern refinements to make it feel closer to what you’re used to riding
+ Flies and flows across the wave face
+ Very easy paddler and lightning fast
– It is a twin fin, the ride is loose and free and not for every one (if you haven’t tried a twinny, however, I highly recommend giving one a go…and persist with it. It’s worth it)
The Eye Symmetry Elmore at 6’0 x 20 3/4 x 2 3/4 at roughly 36L’s of volume. I started riding the Elmore with the front fins from my Futures Solus thruster set (it worked in my Gary McNeill RTT) but I wasn’t getting enough drive and it was too loose. On Max’s recommendation, I switched to the Futures T1 Twin Fins [Shop Futures T1 Twin Fins…] and these were perfect.
Best Wave Type
Twinny’s are an interesting breed – they seem to work well in critical, hollow waves as they can speed through the barrel. Yet, on the open face, I like flatter faced, slower waves to be able to flow and slide around. Anything requiring fast, precise turns, I find I spin out. I rode the Elmore from waist to head high, I wouldn’t surf it any larger or smaller than that
- The Elmore features a smooth, continuous, low rocker throughout the board with a slight entry and slight exit off the tail
- Flat entry with a slight single concave under the front foot to create speed with a double concave through the tail to channel water through the fins and out to the rails of the board, this combined with a vee exit of the tail creates a fast and loose board
- Awesome wide rounded pin (or swallow tail)
- Old school twin fin rail design (turned down from deck)
- Construction – Standard (PU x epoxy)
- Fin Setup – FCS II, Futures and Fixed twin (glass on stabiliser option available)
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Hey, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom, I hope you are well.
This beautiful little twin fin that you’re looking at is the Elmore by Max Stewart of Eye Symmetry Surfboards. This was designed in conjunction with a gentleman named Troy Elmore, hence the name. This is a semi-modernized version of an old-school twin fin design. Unlike those old-school twin fins, which may be a little bit bulky, a little bit hard to surf, this has some modern refinements to it that make this board feel a little bit more like the all around surfboards that you’re probably riding or the performance surfboards that you’re riding.
A very fun, fast little board. It is a twin fin, it’s fast, it’s loose. It feels really skatey. When you get this board up and going it has a very unique feel: come down at the bottom of a bottom turn, come back up to hit the lip and the thing just slides and flows all over the wave. It’s a really fun, beautiful feeling.
Max has done several things to modernize this board. He has designed a very flat entry rocker in the very center, which flows into a single concave and that goes out to a double concave at the back.
The single to double concave bottom contour is a more modernized approach to a bottom contour. He’s left this little beak nose at the front here, which is cool. I’ll put some pictures of that up on the full review, so you can see just how pronounced it is. That helps keep a little bit more volume and foam up front, which makes this a very easy paddler.
“Like old-school twin fins this has rails that are rolled off of the deck.”
That old school design he’s kept, but then at the back here you can see he’s got this very cool tail with a little wing here pulling the wide outline in.
The width of the board through the center here pulling that into a tighter tail and then has a little flute as well to remove some of the bulk out of the tail. That tail shape, that tail design makes the board very fast and very loose. Very easy to turn it; easy whip it around. Great little board to ride.
Experience in the Surf
I find when the waves are a little bit flatter, but they can be any size (within reason), this board excels. I surfed this Elmore just last weekend, Max had a demo day down at South Curl Curl Beach and the waves were head high but flatter faced and running and this board was a ball to ride in those conditions.
I was surfing this board out there and it was a great example of that particular wave. It was peaky and nice long running walls but not too steep and I found I would take the drops on this thing, the little skatey feeling hitting that bottom turn and coming back up and whipping it around. I was really having a good time throwing this little twin fin around. People, I think, often shy away from twin fins because they think that they’re going to feel like those old-school designs that could feel a little bit clunky and a little bit hard to control.
“If you get a modernized twin fin you could end up finding a style of riding that is very different than what you’re used to and you might really enjoy it.”
The single through to the double concave out the back. He’s actually got a rolled vee and a spiral vee out the tail, so he ‘s actually done quite a lot and made quite an intricate little bottom contour at the bottom, the business end of this board.
I’ve been surfing it with these Futures T1 twin fins [Shop Futures T1 Twin Fins…].
I originally started by putting in the front fins of my Futures SOLUS Thruster fins, which I tried with the last twin fin I had, which was the Gary McNeill Rasta Torus Twin [See the review…]. For some reason I really liked those fins as just a twin fin setup, but these T1’s are actually better for this board. Again, because this is a more loose outline and I felt as though having those taller fins, they’re quite tall. They’ve got quite a lot of width in the base here. A little bit of rake. That fin actually helped to control the looseness of this board. I said that I like surfing on flatter faces and for my style of surfing I’m much more a power surfer.
I don’t do fancy maneuvers or anything like that. I think it was a fast and loose, but I could still take off on steeper, hollower waves. The first time I surfed this actually, I was surfing down the coast at this nice punchy little beach break. It was just hitting the sand and wedging and barreling and I was just taking off with my back hand and just literally grabbing the rail and pulling in these little tubes. Not making out of any of them but having a grand old time surfing this fast, lively little twin fin.
That is the Elmore by Eye Symmetry Surfboards. If you’ve had a go on this, please let me know what you think. Give a twin fin a go if you haven’t already, but go for a modernized design like this Elmore by Eye Symmetry.
I think you could really be surprised. It will feel a little bit different at first, but once you get used to it, once you get used to that little bit of extra slide that you get out the turns and the feeling when you’re pumping down the line and everything, it’s a different feeling but it’s something that I think is really rewarding and nice to try something that’s a little bit out of your comfort zone. I really really enjoy surfing this. That is the Eye Symmetry Elmore twin fin surfboard review.
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Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Eye Symmetry Surfboards Elmore Twin Fin dimensions and volumes from the Eye Symmetry Surfboards website:
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