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FCS Stand Up Paddle (SUP) products are expertly crafted to elevate your surf, flat water and race experience. Unlike more conventional fins such as thruster fins, SUP fins are purposefully built to provide you with greater stability and balance that helps you to keep your ride as straight as possible.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of surf hardware and accessories, FCS has had an unwavering commitment to innovation in the surfing industry since our beginning. SUP fins designed by FCS provide you with optimal performance, stability, and control while paddling on various water conditions.

Browse our range of high quality surf fins and enjoy free domestic shipping on all online orders over $50.

How many fins should a beginner SUP have?

For beginners, a thruster fin setup is typically considered to be the most recommended for stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). A thruster setup is a set of three fins, with one larger center fin and two smaller side fins. This setup provides a balance of stability and manoeuvrability, which is ideal for beginners who are still learning how to balance on the board and maneuvre in different conditions.

Do stand up paddle boards need fins?

Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) do not technically need fins, but fins are recommended for improved performance and control. SUP fins actively increase the board's stability, tracking, and manoeuvrability in the water. They also help to prevent the board from sliding or drifting sideways, allowing for more efficient paddling and better control. Without fins, a SUP can be difficult to control and maneuvre, particularly in choppy or windy conditions.

Are larger SUP fins better?

Larger SUP fins can provide more stability and tracking for a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), but they may not be the best option for all conditions and riding styles.

A larger stand up paddle board fin is generally better for larger and more powerful waves, as they provide more surface area in the water and allow for greater control in choppy conditions. They also provide more stability and tracking, which is important for longer distance paddling and touring.

However, larger SUP fins can also create more drag in the water, which can make the board less maneuvrable and slower in smaller waves or weaker currents. They also may make the board less responsive and more difficult to turn in tight spaces.

It's important to note that the size of the SUP fin depends on the type of waves, the rider's skill level, and the riding style. A skilled rider may prefer a larger fin in larger waves and smaller fin in smaller waves, while a beginner may prefer a larger fin for stability and tracking.

Can you paddleboard without fins?

While you technically can paddleboard without fins, we generally recommend against it as paddleboarding without fins is comparatively more difficult. Stand up paddle board fins help to increase the board's stability, tracking, and maneuvrability in the water. They also help to prevent the board from sliding or drifting sideways, allowing for more efficient paddling and enhanced control.

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