MY NEW WEAPON OF CHOICE
I love to drop knee on a bodyboard! It has always been a challange to get up, trim and turn. Alas, there is always that tail wanting to slide out when you least want it. A lot of the time, especially in steeper surf you end up compensating for lack of hold in the wave face by applying more weight on the tail, this means you are affectively stalling to some degree to hold an edge thus less speed.
Well, thanks to FCS, fin control system have developed a soft surfboard fin solution that will accomodate their wide range of fins. I see it like this, i wouldn’t use a surfboard without skegs, i wouldn’t use a knee board without skegs either. Now, considering i am riding in a style that is sort of half way between the two then it is a bit of a no brainer that having fins could add performance in better waves. By FCS releasing this great bit of kit it gives us the ability to experiment with DK fin set ups and where they are placed on the board. You can fit them on your favourite boards and take them out for smaller days. Totally versatile.
There will be many die hard drop knee riders who will say that using fins is cheating! I say, if this takes me to places on the wave that i have not been before or gives me more speed and control in heavier situations then i’ll be mega stoked. Take a look at Kim feast, the guy is proper charging, really heavy waves and it shows, big time.
To me, this is to some degree an unknown science. I mean, how far from the tail do i place the fins, how far from the rail, how much do i tow the fins towards the nose. I have used the BZ maligro programme that had a fin set up. The board was fast, infact i have never travelled as fast DK on a wave but i found it too twitchy, the fins felt as if they were too far up the board and towed in too much. Add to this the fact that the board was very stiff and not really a shape i like to ride.
With FCS releasing this new system we will no doubt see other DK riders setting up and experimenting. Lets share that valuable experience and find out the measurements and variables that work. I am sure we are going to see some wicked new stuff being done drop knee in bigger and better waves.
The future is exciting and i cannot wait to give these little units a go, i will keep you posted.
FCS fins on my VS Costes bodyboard
FCS fins for Dropknee bodyboarding