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WS2 Split Keels - Pre-production Samples

We are super stoked to finally have the pre-production samples of the new WS2 split keels in our hands and they look really awesome. This set features out new flipped tip tech on the front fin and they turned out really well. Still going to be a few months before these are in stock but they are coming soon, stay tuned!

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Introduction

HANALEI FINS manufactures an extensive range of both RTM molded composite fins (HRD-KORE), as well as custom fiberglass & G-10 fins (HANALEI FINS). The custom fins include quads, thrusters, side bites, and regular center fins.

We offer a range of completely unique templates that are unlike anything else available in the marketplace. All fins are offered with either GEARBOX or DUAL TAB bases, as well as FUTURES bases on some designs. Many of the fin designs feature hollow inside foils for an extra performance boost.

Our custom handmade fins are produced one at a time the old fashioned way, with hand foiling and finishing. These are high quality fins with exceptional foils that feature very unique characteristics. What we call "Fearless Foils"! The center fin range only available in fiberglass.

The HRD-KORE range of fins (A3, XPD2, QS, Q2, H3, H5, and STD) are all molded composite fins, constructed using a combination of carbon fiber, fiberglass, and a SORIC Hex core. This is a light strong construction method that allows us to deliver high quality fins at a reasonable price point. All of these fins are offered with our GEARBOX base, as well as DUAL TAB, and in some templates FUTURES bases.

The various choices will be presented in three groupings - HRD-KORE, CUSTOM, and CENTER fins.

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THESE PRODUCTS ARE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SPORT THAT IS CONSIDERED DANGEROUS, USE THESE PRODUCTS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE MANUFACTURER ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURIES TO PERSONS AND/OR PROPERTY.

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HRD-KORE Fins

This section will introduce all of the HRD-KORE fins we manufacture, grouped by template family. HRD-KORE is our name for the type of construction method we use on these fins. It is a RTM molding technology that produces accurate, light, and strong fins. For more information see the technical section below.

Fin Ranges

    A3 SERIES
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    PRICING

    QUAD - US$120/A$160, THRUSTER - US$90/A$120, TWIN- US$60/A$80, CENTER - US$30/A$40

    All Base Choices

    A3 Series

    The A3 range represents one of our more conventional templates, all featuring a small cutaway at the bottom of the trailing edge. These fins feature good turning ability, lots of drive, and tons of speed.

    All of the A3 templates feature our custom hollow foil technology on the inner face, which makes for a faster and more responsive fin!

    These are very versatile and reliable fins that feature great performance.

    A3 Fin Dimensions

    The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins that make up this range.

    A3-L Dimensions
    A3-M Dimensions
    A3-S Dimensions
    A3-CTR Dimensions

    A3 Combos

    These are the standard combinations for this range of fins. Any combo can also be assembled from the individual sets, as needed.

    A3 Fin Combos
    XPD2 SERIES
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    PRICING

    QUAD - US$120/A$160, THRUSTER - US$90/A$120, TWIN- US$60/A$80, CENTER - US$30/A$40

    All Base Choices

    XPD2 Series

    The XPD2 quad range is an extremely functional family with different size combinations depending on the conditions and needs. These fins are ideal for quad setups as they feature good turning ability, plenty of drive, and lots of speed. Being an unmatched set the fins can easily be switched around as conditions warrant.

    All of these fins feature our custom hollow foil technology on the inner face, which makes for a faster and more responsive fin! The unique outline keeps the base narrow for good turning, while the increased tip area provides lots of drive. The tips of the fins also feature increased toe-in to help with turning.

    These are our goto fins for a wide range of boards and conditions. They have been successfully deployed on everything from 6-0 shortboards to 10-5 guns!

    XPD2 Fin Dimensions

    The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins that make up this range.

    XPD2-L Dimensions
    XPD2-M Dimensions
    XPD2-S Dimensions
    XPD2-CTR Dimensions

    XPD2 Combos

    These are the standard combinations for this range of fins. Any combo can also be assembled from the individual sets, as needed.

    XPD2 Fin Combos
    Q2 SERIES
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    PRICING

    QUAD - US$120/A$160, THRUSTER - US$90/A$120, TWIN- US$60/A$80, CENTER - US$30/A$40

    Q2 Range base Choices

    Q2 Series

    The latest generation of the Q family of fin designs. One of the most extensive range of templates in our HRD-KORE collection. The templates in the range enable a wide variety of fin combinations.

    All of the Q2 templates feature our custom hollow foil technology on the inner face, which makes for a faster and more responsive fin! Smooth, powerful, high performance fins.

    This range also includes a canard fin with an extra 10º of cant in the base, allowing it to be used with the Q2-XL to create an awesome twinzer setup.

    Q2 Fin Dimensions

    The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins that make up this range.

    Q2-XL Dimensions
    Q2-L Dimensions
    QB2-M Dimensions
    Q2-S Dimensions
    Q2-C Dimensions
    Q2-CTR Dimensions

    Q2 Combos

    These are the standard combinations for this range of fins. Additional combos can be assembled from the individual sets, as needed.

    Q2 Template Combos
    H3 & H5 SERIES
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    PRICING

    QUAD - US$120/A$160, THRUSTER - US$90/A$120, TWIN- US$60/A$80, CENTER - US$30/A$40

    All Base Choices

    H3 & H5 Series

    The H3-S and H5-S templates are commonly combined with other templates to create quad setups. But these templates can be used by themselves, as needed. The H5-S is the latest generation of this Hammer design. It is used in combo with the A3-L, XPD2-L, and Q2-L to create even more powerful quad sets.

    The H3 and H5-S templates are our more unusual shapes, but these really an amazing fins. They combine a very narrow base with a very large tip to generate a lot of flex that really pops out of the turns. Strictly designed to be used as a back fin in quad combos, they also makes excellent side bites in 2+1 setups, as long as there is no kelp in the area where it is being surfed!

    The H3-S has a flat inner face, while the H5-S features our unique hollow foil on the inner face. The H5 has slightly more area than the H3 with a little less rake. The latest generation.

    H3 & H5 Fin Dimensions

    The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins that make up this range.

    H3-S Dimensions
    H5-S Dimensions

    H3 & H5 Combos

    These are the standard combinations for this range of fins. Additional combos can be assembled from the individual sets, as needed.

    H3 H5 Template Combos
    STD SERIES
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    PRICING

    QUAD - US$120/A$160, THRUSTER - US$90/A$120, TWIN- US$60/A$80, CENTER - US$30/A$40

    GEARBOX and DUAL TAB Choices

    STD Series

    The STD range of fins is geared towards a more conservative style fin than some of our other offerings. But these are still high performance fins that feature our hollow foil technology on the inside faces of the larger fins. These fins are derived from one of our oldest and well tested fin templates that has been optimized for todays high performance surfboards.

    They feature a good balance between base width, rake, and tip area to deliver outstanding all around performance. Another unique aspect of these fins is that they feature a hand polished finish, something not commonly found in the fin market, they have to be seen to believed!

    All of the fins in this range are constructed using our HRD-KORE construction method. All of the fins are only available in a SMOKE TINT,.

    STD Fin Dimensions

    The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins that make up this range.

    STD-XL Dimensions
    STD-L Dimensions
    STD-M Dimensions
    STD-S Dimensions
    STD-CTR Dimensions

    STD Combos

    These are the standard combinations for this range of fins. Additional combos can be assembled from the individual sets, as needed.

    STD Fin Combos
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Custom Fins

The range of custom fins includes all of the HRD-KORE ranges, but additionally there are a number of new and unique templates that are currently only available as custom fins.

The HRD-KORE templates will not be shown here as they are identical to those shown in the HRD-KORE section. This section will be constantly updated as we work on new templates. For now there is just a small sampling of fins.

WTF/XTC Fin Combo Foiled

Custom WTF-425 ("What The Fin!") and XTC-413 fin combo. The WTF-425 features two different flip angles - 7º in the blade and 24º in the tip, while the XTC-413 has a single 16º flip in the tip. The WTF might be a very bizarre looking fin but it works incredibly well, acting as a super canard fin in this combo.

Fin Ranges

    WTF SERIES
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    GEARBOX and DUAL TAB Choices

    WTF Series

    The WTF range currently consists of just this single template, but it is something else. It is very hard to classify this fin as it is so unusual and yet is an unbelievable performer.

    Don't let the look of the fin throw you off. There is a lot going on with this fin and it delivers, big time. The simplest description for this fin is that it represents a super canard-style fin. The fin is not just a simple vertical fin it has two distinct breaks in its profile with the central blade area flipped out by 7º and the trailing tip extension at 25º. This fin has to been seen to believe what is going on with the shape.

    It is most commonly used with a more upright back fin, that in most cases is larger than this fin. The WTF serves as the transitional fin in a quad setup where it initiates turns and then transitions the turn onto the back fin. Amazingly, this fin works in an incredibly wide range of conditions and wave heights. It has been tested in everything from 3' faces to 25' faces, and it works through the whole range.

    WTF Fin Dimensions

    The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins shown in this section.

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    Pricing

    For pricing or delivery info on custom fins please contact us.

    NRG SERIES
    NRG Range
    GEARBOX and DUAL TAB Choices

    NRG Series

    The NRG range is one of the latest designs that we have been working on. It represents a broad range of designs, including a small trailer fin.

    The primary goal behind this design is a fin with a larger tip area for increased drive and holding power. Coupled with a narrow base for increased turning performance. The center (CTR) fin has a slightly shallower blade than the other templates for more looseness.

    All of the designs in this range feature strong hollow foils on the inside faces. Additionally, these inner foils are spiraled for better water ejection.

    Eventually this design will make it into production utilizing our HRD-KORE construction. For now these are only available as custom fins.

    NRG Fin Dimensions

    The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins shown in this section.

    NRG-L Dimensions
    NRG-S Dimensions
    NRG-CTR Custom Dimensions
    NRG-CTR Custom Dimensions

    NRG Combos

    These are some possible standard combinations for this range of fins. Any combo can also be assembled from the individual sets, as needed.

    NRG Fin Combos
    WS2 SERIES
    WS2 Split Keels
    GEARBOX and DUAL TAB Choices

    WS2 Series

    The WS2 split keels are our second generation design. This design takes a keel fin and spilts it into two separate fins to create a highly functional quad setup. These fins are fast, loose with lots of drive, and projection.

    The image shows a set of WS2 fins, that have been further customized with artwork. This artwork is hand drawn on the fins before finishing. An optional extra!

    These fins are only offered in the quad combo shown in the image.

    NOTE: these fins are the next design that will be put into production in our HRD-KORE construction method. Stay tuned!

    WS2 Fin Dimensions

    The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins shown in this section.

    WF2-S Custom Dimensions
    WS2-L Custom Dimensions

Pricing

For pricing or delivery info on custom fins please contact us.

Note

Custom fins are shown as not being available with FUTURES bases, but we will occasionally make fins with these bases. They cost extra due to the added amount of work required to build the cant into the base of the fin. Contact us if you are interested in custom fins with FUTURES bases, or for pricing and delivery info.

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Center Fins

Hanalei Fins has an extensive range of very unique and functional center fins. These are all made from solid fiberglass and are available in a wide range of sizes. All of our center fins are custom handmade and finished.

Fin Ranges

    STD SERIES
    STD Fin Outlines

    STD Series

    This is our latest center fin design, that takes its cue from many of the traditional longboards fins. Although this template was largely derived from one of our older side fin designs.

    Feature a wider base for more projection and better tracking for those who are more interested in smooth lines than tight turns!

    Has some characteristics from our GS range and then some inspiration from our NS side fin designs. Features a very distinct tip to provide a little more feel to the fin. It fills a hole in our range for people looking for a fin with more projection and drive at the expense of tight turns. Turning can be improved by placing this fin further forward on the board. Due to the increased base area in these fins we recommend selecting a smaller fin if high performance and speed are critical as the smaller fin will have less wetted surface and hence be faster! These fins feature a nice tip flex that will provide a little extra pop out of the turns!

    Currently the fins range in size from 7.00" to 9.50" in 1/2" increments.

    Available in RED or SMOKE TINT only! All center fins ship with VersaScrew and hex key!

    LS SERIES
    LS Fin Outlines

    LS Series

    This is one of our newer center fin design, it is loosely derived from the new LS side bite design that is used in some of our quad setups. Carries forward many of the design elements of our Thumb and Hammer series of fins with the same distinctive tip area, placed on top of a fairly narrow mid-section.

    This combination provides maneuverability, projection, and speed. This fin has a lot of properties similar to the Hammer series of fins but without the kelp catching bulb at the leading edge and slightly less area. The leading edge of the fin has a slight reverse curve that provides a better angle of attack for the water as it gets closer to the tip of the fin where most of the area is located. The large amount of area in the top half of the fin and the fact that it is significantly raked allows this fin to be positioned very far forward without sacrificing holding power.

    Due to the large tip area combined with the narrower throat, this fin generates a lot of flex that allows it to create a lot of drive out of turns. As with many of our designs the base of the fin has been kept very narrow in order to enhance the turning ability. Unlike the T2 series of fins the area of this design was kept down to a minimum in order to reduce drag and improve speed, this design is all about efficiency! The big design difference is the profile of the leading edge. By utilizing a reverse curve that increases in steepness as it gets closer to the tip, a much better angle of attack is provided for the water flow. This design can be ridden relatively small as the area of the fin is placed where it is most effective. Use this fin with any of our side bite fins in a 2+1 setup for a real performance boost. Or use it as a single fin for lots of drive and speed!

    Currently the fins range in size from 5.00" to 8.50" in 1/2" increments.

    Available in RED TINT only! All center fins ship with VersaScrew and hex key!

    T2 SERIES
    T2 Fin Outlines

    T2 Series

    This is the second generation of the thumb series of fins, we have built on the excellent features of the original and come up with a new design that brings increased performance to the series. One of the big changes was to add a much more distinct tip on the trailing edge of the fin, this was added to improve the feel of the fin.

    The original series had the distinction of feeling like there were no fins in the board, so we tried to go in the other direction with this series. By adding more feel to the fin the surfer could exert better control. The other big change is that more area was added to the fin both in the tip and through the throat and base. This additional area increases the drive of the fin making it more powerful. There is also slightly more rake in the fin allowing it to be placed further forward on the board improving the turning ability. All of these changes allow this fin to be ridden smaller than the original series, typically the fin can be at least one size smaller without sacrificing drive!

    The other key feature that has been retained from the original design is a lot of flex in the tip of the fin. This new design flexes slightly less, then the original, but there is still enough to add significant pop out of the turns. These fins have turned out to be popular with SUP surfers as they have a lot of holding power due to the increased tip area.

    Currently the fins range in size from 5.00" to 9.00" in 1/2" increments.

    Available in RED TINT only! All center fins ship with VersaScrew and hex key!

    H3 SERIES
    H3 Fin Outlines

    H3 Series

    This is third generation of the Hammer series, it has undergone a lot of refinement to make it more compatible as a rear fin in various quad setups. It adds some of the refinements made to the T2 series. Like the T2 one of the big changes was to add a much more distinct tip at the top of the trailing edge of the fin, this was added to improve the feel of the fin.

    By adding more feel to the fin the surfer can exert better control over the board and the direction. The tip area has also been enhanced by increasing the area in the tip and the amount of rake. Additionally, area has also been added through the throat area and in the base to increase drive. This design still retains the leading edge bulb of the original series but the shape has been made a little more subtle and the lower portion of the leading edge now has a straighter line. The bulb still plays a crucial role in the ability of this fin to act like a rudder, essentially as the fin flexes the bulb moves out into the water flow increasing the amount of toe-in and increasing the water flow over the outside face and turning like a rudder, allowing the board to turn tighter!

    This fin design has to be experienced in order to appreciate just how well it works. As a center fin it works really well with the T2 side bites. As with the T2 design this fin can be ridden one size smaller than the original design due to the increased area. NOTE: not recommended for any area where there is kelp!

    Currently the fins range in size from 5.00" to 8.50" in 1/2" increments.

    Available in RED TINT only! All center fins ship with VersaScrew and hex key!

    GS SERIES
    GS Fin Outlines

    GS Series

    The Gun series of fins were original developed for use on large single fin balsa guns, but we soon discovered that it also makes for an excellent longboard fin especially in the smaller sizes. The design took some of our general philosophies and brought them to a longboard/gun fin.

    The primary idea being to maintain a fairly narrow base coupled with a lot of rake to enhance the turning ability by allowing the fin to be placed further up on the board. This series started out primarily as a glass-on fin but over time we also started making them as removable fins, especially once they became popular for use on longboards. These fins have been used on guns as large as 12' 6" with great success, they have proven to be very efficient and rock solid.

    While these fins were initially designed for guns, over time we have created smaller versions that have turned out to be great center fins on short single fin boards or 2+1 longboards. A good choice for anyone that is intimidated by the more extreme shapes of our other designs! A good all around versatile fin that is very clean!

    Currently the fins range in size from 7.00" to 10.00" in 1/2" increments.

    Available in RED TINT only! All center fins ship with VersaScrew and hex key!

    TS SERIES
    TS Fin Outlines

    TS Series

    The thumb series of fins is one of our original designs and was first created in the early 70's and has been revised and improved on ever since. This design is extremely versatile and has the distinction of providing a feeling of no fin in the board while still getting great projection and a lot of thrust out of the turns!

    The original design concept for this series of fins was to create a fin with a very narrow base, with more area pushed into the tip, and increased rake, coupled with a lot of flex. The narrow base allows the fin to pivot very easily, while the increased rake allows the fin to be placed further forward on the board again enhancing the turning ability. Moving area out into the tip of the fin allows the area of the fin to be reduced to eliminate drag.

    These fins have a very smooth feel in the water, and due to the soft outline it often feels as if there are no fins in the board. The heavy flex delivered by these fins, gives them a lot of extra drive out of turns. We have been producing these fins for a long time and they are very popular with longboard surfers that like to nose ride as they really handle well on the face of the wave.

    Currently the fins range in size from 5.00" to 10.00" in 1/2" increments.

    Available in RED TINT only! All center fins ship with VersaScrew and hex key!

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Technical

This section will describe the various technologies and materials employed in the manufacturing of our fins.

Foils

Foils obviously play a crucial role in the design of a fin and can dramatically impact the performance. Most of our foils are loosely based around the NACA 00 series of wing sections that are ideal for fins.

Foil Shape
Regular Foils

We pay careful attention to the foils used on all our fins. We try to match the best foil for the characteristics of the fin and wherever possible we try to keep the regular foils nice and thick for maximum efficiency.

Hollow Foils

HANALEI FINS are unique in that we have perfected the use of inner hollow foils on the inside faces of most of our fins. We use these foils to increase performance and efficiency. In many cases we also couple these foils with twists and turns in the trailing edge of the fin to better manage the ejection of water from the foils. These foils have a dramatic impact on the overall performance of our fins, but in particular to the speed!

Bases

There are a lot of different fins systems available in the market, many with their own unique style of base. HANALEI FINS only supports the three primary bases - GEARBOX (our base is also compatible with ProBox), DUAL TAB, and FUTURES.

GEARBOX

The GEARBOX base is used in our own fin system GEARBOX, it features a full base for a solid feel and greater strength. The GEARBOX base also features vee notches where the screws land that allow the fin base to be forced down into the box when tightened, creating a compression fit.

The GEARBOX base is also compatible with the ProBox Fin System.

GEARBOX Base
DUAL TAB

The DUAL TAB base is widely available due to the large number of boards with the twin plugs installed. The DUAL TAB base also fits in the GEARBOX fin box. These bases are designed to break under load and therefore tend not to be very durable, breaking at inopportune times. the other problem with these bases is the tendency to flex in the base instead of the fin, this is due to the narrow interface between the fin base and the box.

DUAL TAB Base
FUTURES

The FUTURES fin base is a lot longer than other bases due to the design of their box. Due to the nature of the fin ox design the cant angle is built into the base of the fins instead of into the box. This makes it really complicated making fins for this system, especially if they are custom fins as the can angle has to bee machined into the base of the fin. Fit is critical for these bases as there is no means to tighten them if they are loose.

These bases can also be a lot heaver due to the fact that they are almost double the length of a GEARBOX or DUAL TAB base. This is why you will commonly see these bases heavily machined in order to lighten them up.

FUTURES Bases

RTM Molding

RTM molding is one of the most predominant methods for molding fins. It stands for Resin Transfer Molding. The fabrics and core that make up the fin are laid dry into a mold. The mold is then closed and a vacuum is used to draw resin through the mold, wetting out the materials in the process. The use of a vacuum also draws all the air out of the laminate eliminating air bubbles.

RTM molding is a lot more cost effective and less wasteful than the standard method of foiling a fin out of a solid panel of fiberglass. Because a mold is used it also makes it easier to manufacture more complex shapes in a consistent manner.

Materials

Fins can be made out of a wide range of materials, but these are some common standard materials, with fiberglass being the most prominent one. RTM molded composite fins use a combination of these materials.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass forms the bulk of a fin construction and is applied either side of the core material in our HRD-KORE construction method. The typical fin can have as many as 27 layers of fiberglass to provide strength and some flex.

Custom fins are made out of panels that are built into solid sheets of fiberglass and resin. The number of layers can vary from 30 to 40 layers. This is the standard material for hand foiled fins.

Fiberglass Material
Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is very strong and stiff for its weight making it perfect for base stiffening. Employed in the base area of the fin to add stiffness and strength, it is applied to both sides of the fin as an outside layer that is visible in the finished product.

Carbon Fiber Material
SORIC®

Soric® is a conformable flow media for resin infusion. This product features unique hexagonal flow channels across a carrier sheet that create a steady, even resin front. Forms the core for the fin and reduces weight by reducing the layers of fiberglass needed to construct the fin.

SORIC Material
G-10

G-10 glass cloth reinforced epoxy natural is typically a yellowish to light green color. The most versatile all-around laminate grades are continuous glass woven fabric impregnated with an epoxy resin binder. These panels are made under high pressure so there is no air in the panel and the resin to fiber ration is very high. This makes for an incredibly strong panel.

Because these panels are manufactured it makes it a lot simpler for a fin manufacturer as one simply purchases the panels and then cuts fins out of it as needed. The panels are a lot more expensive than a standard fiberglass panel, but worth it for the strength.

G-10 Material

Fin Layout Guides

Below are a number of links to a series of fin layout guides for different types of boards, and for different fin setups.

These layout guides can be used to provide information on the positioning of fins. They are not specified for a given board length as they are intended to be used as a starting point. It is left to the builder to determine their preferred layout.

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News

This news section will serve as a delivery vehicle for timely information about HANALEI FINS. Allowing us to keep our customers informed of the latest developments..

Whether it be testing new fin designs, availability of new designs, or sharing what we have planned for the future. This is where we will make such announcements. Allows us to have a centralized place to present this type of information.

This news will also be available on the HANALEI FINS Facebook page.

A testimonial section also presents the thoughts of our customers. Feel free to send us your testimonials we'd love to publish them.

Fin Dimension Updates

Over the coming week we are going to be updating all of the dimensions on our fins to include the fin areas. This should make it easier for people to compare our fins with those of our competitors that provide these numbers.

It is worth mentioning that caution should be used when comparing the areas of our fins with those of our competitors as our fins tend to have radically different shapes. Most of our designs have been optimized to use the least amount of area possible in order to minimize drag. Plus most of our fins have very narrow bases with more area in the body or tip of the fin. So use caution when comparing these numbers.

In terms of effectiveness, our fins will typically perform as well, if not better, than fins with 10% - 15% more area, that are of more conventional shapes. With some of the designs the improvements can be even higher.

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Winter Testing Report

WTF/XTC Fin Combo Foiled

What The Fin!

This is the primary combination of fins that we have been testing this winter in Hawaii.

This combo of new fin designs has been seeing a lot of testing this winter, with a number of refinements being made in between rounds of testing. This setup is a total winner and the testing reinforces that feeling. The testing started out with both fins being from the XTC family, but then the WTF was introduced to the process and there was no looking back from there.

These fins have been tested in a very wide range of conditions, from 3' faces all the way to +25' faces! The range of boards used for the testing have gone from small fishes and tow boards to guns. Conditions ranged from small and sloppy to super clean perfect Hawaiian surf. No matter what the conditions or board these fins just shone through providing dramatic improvements in handling, responsiveness and speed.

All of the testers felt that this combo really improved their surfing. Everything felt positive with lots of drive and an amazing amount of speed. The overriding comments were that the WTF fins really help the board transition through the turns before delivering control to the XTC fin which would then drive the board through the rest of the turn. There was little to no loss of speed through the turns.

Another surprising aspect of this fin combo was that they were largely completely agnostic to the fin box layout, tight clusters, spread clusters, close to the rail, further from the rail. None of these layout changes seemed to bother the setup and it just kept working in a really predictable and positive manner.

The WTF-425 is 4 1/4" and the XTC-500 is 5.00", in height.

WTF/XTC Small Fin Combo Foiled

Finally, the WTF was also tested with a smaller version of the XTC the 4 1/8" XTC-413. This combo still worked really well, especially in smaller waves, making for a loose fast combo.

Needless to say we are extremely excited with the results of all this testing and are now comfortable putting these fins into production. This is going to be critical for the WTF fin as it is a really complex fin to make by hand, not only does it use a lot of material, it is very complex to foil. The goal is to have these in stock by mid-May, stay tuned.

NOTE: the fins in the photo have been foiled and are ready to be hand sanded and then branded and finished. We felt it helped to see the fins in their raw state as it shows off more of the details.

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Testimonials

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    Bru I just had my second surf on this combo. So happy with it. Drive and pivot and hold. Just as I hoped they would. All the Hanalai fins I have used have in every instance added more to my boards overall performance. Hanalai all the way....the gearbox fin boxes are super strong and im very confident in using them for larger fins such as the NRG XL . THE ONLY FIN BOXES I feel 100% confident in using for larger fins infact.
    Shane Patrick-Joseph Luke, RocketAce Eco-Surfboards from Facebook
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    Started surfing at 13, and shaping since 1979. Have tried many different shapes and fins. A couple of years ago I was encouraged by a couple of kneeboarders from the East Coast of Victoria to try out the Hanalei type fins. Wow do I owe them big time! Now having used most of their range of fin styles it has totally changed my outlook on board performance. Do yourselves a huge favour, at least try a style or two because it's like giving your board a new lease of life. Speed, powerful turns with control are immediately evident. This isn't a paid advertisement, but a sharing of stoke and a new improved outlook of what works. I'm a kneerider and my board in the picture is my present favourite. Q2-XLs with flip tips in front, NRG smalls as rears and a smaller NRG trailer. I have shared several of the Hanalei fin types with my surf buddies and they have all got on the bus. Checkout the Gearbox and Hanalei fins and boxes and dare to be different because you won't be disappointed. The boards just seem to move through the water faster, come off the bottom with grunt but still releases off the top with no stick. Cheers Robin Mair and Lancelot Pearson, you guys have changed lots of crews worlds!
    Lee Slaven, Torquay, Victoria (from Facebook)
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    I’ve been riding a lot of Hanalei Fins lately and have really enjoyed the ride. I keep coming back to these FTX (now XTC) fins. Everything is so positive. Nothing to compensate for. No bobble. No stalls. Just amazing drive and control. I’ve used them in my short Brds, fun Brds, guns, and tow Brds. All the Brds I rode they worked flawlessly and have definitely improved my surfing. Thx Robin and your expert design and foiling.
    Mitch Haynie - Mitchin Surfboards, Kauai (from Facebook)
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    Some new Hanalei Fins thanks to Lance & Robin absolute genius scientific technology behind forty plus years of surfing hand shaping & being self test pilot to come up with designed fin systems that just work!
    Mick Pierce - Mick Pierce Surfboards, Vicrtoria, Australia (from Instagram)
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