Single fins are considered as novelty and not the usual choice for everyday surf. Those who have tried, however, swear by the one-of-a-kind performance and feel it gives whenever on water – the smooth arcing turns, the fast and stable down-the-line trim, and that incredible hold. No wonder, it has a serious cult following.
Surfing a single fin may not be for everybody, but it’s something that you should try at least once in your life. Here are nine single fins that will definitely put some spice back in your surfing and, just maybe, make you love single fins altogether.
1. Gato Heroi Mini Killer
The Mini Killer is the shortened version of the Kook Killer and is your perfect choice for bigger, heavier days. It features a slightly rolled bottom and sharp rails, which allow you to get a better hold on the hollow sections of the wave. And because the Mini Killer has flat rockers, you can expect a fast ride every single time.
2. Deus Jye Byrnes Six Channel Single Fin
The inspiration behind Jye Byrnes’s single fin outline goes way back to the 70’s. He then incorporated some modern performance elements to the design – modern rails and a six-channel bottom contour. This board of class and style will allow you to pivot and flow along the wave without a hitch.
3. Christenson Flat Tracker
The Flat Tracker is another board inspired by the 70’s. Its design is intended to trim and maneuver easily at high speed and provide great release from the tail. Cruising over flat sections, this is your one-board solution for a range of conditions.
4. Vouch Evo
Wanting a board that rides like the Rolled Vee series, Vouch came up with the Evo. It is described as the “natural progression step-down” but with a pulled-in tail and more rocker. The planshape and slightly boxier rails make the board versatile and allow you to handle bigger waves better.
5. Christenson Dead Sled
With its wide nose, the Dead Sled is the perfect noserider. The parallel outline and rolled vee makes transition from rail to rail easy. Because the 50/50 rails are slightly pinched and the nose is generously concave, you get the perfect amount of lift while poised on the nose every single time.
6. McTavish Surfboards Rincon
The first of the more user-friendly designs of the shortboard revolution, the Rincon is straight out of the 60’s. Matt Chojnacki, together with Bob McTavish, created it with the intention of becoming the one-board quiver. With its flatter bottom and finer rocker, you can speed down-the-line without difficulty. Anyone can pretty much surf it – from beginners to pros. The Rincon is definitely a sweet rider with a timeless appeal.
7. Simon Anderson 7’6 Pipeline
When Simon Anderson broke his 7’6 board in the 1977 Pipe Masters, he asked Jack Shipley to sponsor the manufacture with a promise to surf it in the finals. When he agreed, Anderson shaped the board, had Jack Reeves glassed it, competed and placed 4th in his first Pipe, and the rest was history.
Best in overhead, hollow waves, the 7’6 Pipeline features a slightly refined rocker and boxy down rails. If you want to get into waves easily and get barrelled, this is your machine.
8. Greg Noll-Mickey Dora Black Da Cat
Black Da Cat is the Holy Grail of the Da Cat models, which are the most popular and most sought-after boards of the 1960’s, thanks to its affiliation to two of surfing’s most legendary figures, Greg Noll and Mickey Dora. It was so popular that a shaper from LA even created knock offs! Noll didn’t press charges, saying he would have probably done the same thing.
With its distinctively sculpted nose, the Da Cat was shorter, wider and lighter than other boards making it perfect for California point surfing.
9. Wayne Lynch Evo Replica
Inspired by a Bob McTavish board, Wayne Lynch started shaping his own boards. The fourth board he shaped was the one he rode to change the world in the movie Evolution back in 1968. By 2000, he made limited-edition replicas of his iconic board (50 pieces to be exact). The original board was 7’10” long, very thin, had a very subtle vee and with flat sections in the bottom.
Ever ridden one of these? Is there a single fin that you think should be on the list? Comment below!