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review for choosing the best body surfing fins

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body surfing fins: there are a lot of choices for the perfect fin

We will try to give you the cold, hard facts, mostly from personal experience. We simply want you to have the best time out in the surf, and part of that is having the best knowledge to be able to choose the equipment that best suits your needs and skill level. We may have our personal favorites and we will let you know, however be aware that everyone has their own requirements. So know what you are looking for in your equipment and buy according to those requirements. I personally like my fins to be above all comfortable (obviously), light and compact, as I tend to do a lot of travel surfing.

The difference between bodysurfing fins and bodyboarding fins

The fundamental differences between bodysurfing and bodyboarding fins

This short excerpt is from Paul Watts, an accomplished bodyboarder and bodysurfer. Paul has bodysurfed and bodyboarded around the world, from Sumatra to South Africa and back, and has used just about every fin under the sun on his travels. He has lost more fins in wipeouts in exotic places than most people have thought about fins.


"Firstly as a bodyboarder, the fins that I like are generally smaller, as I like to get up drop-knee. Therefore, I prefer a fatter, stiffer fin with a softer compound around the foot. I always struggled to find good fins that do not give me blisters. The problem with a lot of the fins is that they are all very much designed to control flow above water when you are on the wave and add control for the "bodyboarder" and little to no thought is given to the fin being used for bodysurfing." - Paul Watts

From a bodysurfing standpoint, we have a relatively thin selection to choose from when it comes to fins designed specifically for bodysurfers. However, our sport is growing and companies are starting to design fins with a second thought toward bodysurfers


THREE things to keep in mind when buying new fins for "bodysurfing"

  1. fin sizing / comfort

  2. fin materials

  3. fin Drive and Flow

Find Which bodysurfing Fins Float

We compiled a quick video of the fins we had lying around old... new... we put them to the test. please bear in mind this is a chlorine pool and is less dense water than salt water however there are clear winners in our little experiment. Floating fins to me are a bit of a marketing gimmick for the most part in the ocean if the wave is big enough to rip a fin off you are not going to find it unless you are really lucky!


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