The DV8 fin series represent the very latest fins we have been working on this WINTER '18, here in Hawai'i!
These designs ae best described as more wing-like than your regular fin. By going with a shape more like a wing the fin is able to contribute a lot more to performance than simply serving as a rudder. These fins actually generate a significant amount of lift (just like a wing) that results in forward propulsion, hence more speed!
The design also incorporates a bend in the tip of the fin much like many of our flip tip fins we have been doing for a while now. The big difference with the tips on these new designs is that the flips are significantly longer. For some of the templates as much as half the height of the fin is flipped. This results is a design that is effectively two fins in one, the bottom portion of the fin is used to drive the board forward and into turns, while the tip drives the board through the remainder of the turn and out, when the board is on the rail. The average angle of the flip is around 14º, but varies depending on the size of the fin, the flip is outward.
All of the designs incorporate a very strong version of our hollow foil on the inside of the fin, both in the bottom section and in the flipped tip. These hollow foils add a significant amount to the overall performance of the fin and have to be tried to believe.
The DV8 range of designs is very extensive with a lot of different templates available, starting with small canard-style fins going all the way to a 5.50" tall back fin (or front in a regular quad setup). One unique aspect of all the back fins in the range is that regardless of the height they all have the flip starting at the same height up from the base. So as the fins get taller the flipped portion gets taller. This translates to the bottom portions of all the fins being identical (except for the more vertical split keel versions) in height and shape.
Currently, these fins are only available as custom fins and initially will also only be available made out of our thicker 3/8" fiberglass panels. These thicker panels allow us to create much more efficient foils that do not have any flat spots. Unfortunately, one downside to the use of these thicker panels is that the fins are more expensive due to the higher material cost.
For now there are a large number of potential combinations that can be created with all of these templates. Therefore we have only showcased the combos that have been thoroughly tested to date.
All of the combos shown here are what we are now referring to as "reverse quad" setups where the smaller fin is placed in front of the larger fin.
THE FUTURE NOW!
The following set of images show all of the key dimensions for the fins that make up this series.
These are the standard combinations for this range of fins. Additional combos can be assembled from the individual sets, as needed.
FUTURES bases not currently supported on these fins, unless you talk very nicely to us!