“Fins are the engine of a board” as they say, and can make a big difference in how a board rides. Today, fin companies are offering a diverse variety of templates, sizes, and styles of fins. Surfer’s everywhere are becoming savvier as to how important fins can be and experimenting with different setups. This experimentation is noticeable more than ever, as a Quad is actually our best selling fin of the year. We’ve looked back at 2019’s numbers to create this list of the best selling fins
For this list, we’ve generated a ranking of the best selling fins in each fin setup but first here are the overall best selling fin templates across all styles:
Top 5 Best Selling Fin Templates
Futures/FCS II Rob Machado Quad Fin – $144.95-149.95
The quad fin Rob Machado designed for his Firewire Seaside model was by far our best-selling fin. Across the board, in both the Futures and FCS version, this unique quad was introduced halfway into the year but still managed to come out as #1. While this set was designed specifically for Machado’s Seaside and Seaside & Beyond models, we’ve heard a lot of good feedback about these fins working in a range of similarly wide-tailed boards.
Futures John John Techflex Tri Fin – $129.95
Not too big of a surprise here, John John’s signature set has always been a best-seller since the day they first came out. However, this year, this fin was more popular than ever. This fin is a great pick for powerful waves and it’s also notably one of the few fins in Future’s line that is glassed with Epoxy resin instead of typical PU resin. Epoxy resin makes for a lighter fin overall and different flex characteristics that John John prefers.
Futures AM Honeycomb Tri Fin – $114.95
This is the fin I think most of us at the shop would’ve guessed to be the #1 best-seller. A classic performance fin, the AM series is known for its versatility and longevity (This template was first designed in the ’80s at Rincon with Tom Curren). The secret sauce is the center fin, which is slightly smaller than the front two, creating a looser feel through turns while still having plenty of drive.
FCS II Performer PC – $99.95
This is FCS’s classic template and what they consider to be the most “neutral” or predictable fin in their line. If you don’t know what kind of fin to buy or have a weird board that you’re not sure what’s going to work in it, the Performer is a good pick. It’s available in a wide range of different styles and constructions, but the classic thruster PC version is the most popular.
FCS II MR Twin + Trailer Fin Set – $104.95
If this was little league, this fin would win “most improved”. Each year this fin becomes more and more popular as more surfers experiment and realize how cool this setup can be. When used with the trailer fin, this set is a great way to loosen up a wide-tailed shortboard or better control a fish. This is the most beloved twin set out there and FCS aptly has given it a cool psychedelic paint job.
Best Sellers By Category
Best Selling Thrusters
Best Selling Longboard Fins
- True Ames Greenough 4A – $66.95-113.95
- Futures Performance 8” Thermotech – $21.95
- FCS II Connect GF – $23.95-29.95
- True Ames Tyler Warren 9.75” Pivot – $82.95
- True Ames California Classic – $60.95-86.95
Looking over the list, there’s a lot of classic fins on here that have been favorites for years like the AM, 4A, Performer, and John John templates. However, there’s also a lot of new favorites that came out this year like the Rob Machado Quads or the AMK Keel set. An honorable mention also goes out to the Futures TMF (The Middle Finger) fin which ended up being extremely popular as a fun way to convert a quad into a 5 fin setup.
These are just the most popular fins at the moment, so hopefully, this gives surfers a good starting point when looking for a new set of fins. There’s a lot of great fins out there that didn’t make the list so definitely be sure to check out our full selection of fins. If you have any questions about fins or anything else surf-related, feel free to leave a comment, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-888-546-6176.
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