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FCS Hatchet Longboard SUP Fin
FCS Hatchet Longboard SUP Fin
FCS Hatchet Longboard SUP Fin
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The 9" FCS Hatchet longboard SUP fin is the closest thing to a rudder you can put on your stand up paddle board for better tracking in flat water SUP paddling.
Our Price: $55.00

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Product Code: FN-FCS-HTCHT-9


The 9" FCS Hatchet longboard SUP fin is the closest thing to a rudder you can put on your stand up paddle board for better tracking in flat water SUP paddling. The large surface area and upright shape of the SUP fin provides added drive, promotes a longer turning arc, and helps hold the tail in when nose riding while stand up paddle surfing.

Longboard Fin Configuration / Single SUP Fin Configuration

The single longboard fin configuration was the original fin configuration for surfing back in the day. Before this, they actually used boards without any fins, which had little control at all of course. Youd find people dragging a toe for steering. Scary! While youll rarely see a single fin configuration on smaller surfboards today, a good number of longboarders use a single fin configuration (which is why its termed a longboard fin configuration). A lot of basic SUPs come with a single fin configuration.

In a single SUP fin configuration, the fin acts as a single, central pivot point. The longer (from front to back) and the deeper the single fin, the more drag but also (in general) the more control youll have. If you have a really wide, deep fin, it can start to inhibit turning, which is great for flat water paddling but not so ideal for performance standup paddle surfing. The more upright the fin is the tighter the turning radius you will have when stand up paddle surfing. The more raked the fin (the more angled/arched back), the more control you will have at high speeds.

About SUP Fin Selection

Whether you stand up paddle board on flat water exclusively, or stand up paddle surf exclusively or somewhere between the two, its a good idea to give some thought as to how SUP fins might be able to improve your performance and enjoyment. In flat water SUP paddling, the most important thing paddlers are looking for is better tracking and stability. If you dont think your SUP fin choice matters, try removing the fins some time and see how miserable the experience becomes. On the other extreme spectrum of the sport in standup paddle surfing, SUP fin choice is perhaps even more important as paddlers are looking to improve speed down the line, the feel and feedback thru your turning arc, rail-to-rail transitions, stability in turbulence, and even SUP nose riding. With removable SUP fins, you can change your set-up for different uses such as flat water paddling one day, SUP surfing the next, and SUP downwinding the day after.

When it comes to SUP surfing, there are a dizzying array of SUP fin configurations to choose from including a longboard single fin set-up, a classic 2 + 1 SUP fin set-up, a thruster fin set-up, a twin fin set-up, or a quad fin set-up. Not all boards allow the flexibility for multiple fin set-up configurations (high-end standup paddle surfing boards typically do), so your choices might be limited in some cases.

The bad news is that many new SUP boards (especially in the lower-end of the market) come with pretty basic low-performance fins just thrown in as an afterthought. Its worthwhile considering an SUP fin upgrade. Often times with one small change, you can dramatically affect the performance of your stand up paddle board.

About FCS

FCS, which is an acronym for Fin Control System, is the pioneering company in removable fin systems. Before the 1990s, most surfboard fins were an inseparable component of a surfboard. The fins were glassed right to the board. There were removable fins as far back as the 1960s, but it wasnt that common and there was no standardization so things werent really interchangeable. So to a larger degree, whoever was manufacturing the board was also making the decision about fin configuration and fin selection. FCS came along in the early 1990s and separated these three pieces by creating and popularizing a standardized FCS fin box. Suddenly board manufacturing and fin choice and fin configuration selection were largely separated.

FCSs standardization of fin boxes made removable fins commonplace. This changed a number of things. First off, it allowed for massive advances in fin design and performance as companies were tinkering with new materials and various designs. Secondly, it allowed surfers to use one surfboard (the control factor in this experimentation) and change their fin configuration to find out what they liked best. They could even use different configurations for different conditions. Lastly, it made surfboards far easier to transport with the fins removed, which was no trivial event. Manufacturers and retailers were able to store and transport boards much easier, and with much less risk of breakage.

In large part due to FCS, the variety of fins available is almost overwhelming and surfing performance has made great strides. The market for SUP fins is really just in its infancy (as R&D production cycles can be years in the fin industry), but be sure that FCS fins will be at or near the forefront of what is to come in the advance of SUP fin design.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Add your review

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Good tracking September 16, 2013
Review by: Shawna Kearsley from Crisfield, MD United States  
easy install, works the way I expected

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This fin is a hatchet! September 20, 2012
Review by: JED from Sanbornton, NH United States  
I was having problems with my tracking, customer service at Tower was wonderful and they helped get me set up with some new fins. They look sleek and I have every reason they will do the trick.  Can't wait to try them out - thank you Tower!

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FCS Hatchet Longboard Sup Fin July 15, 2012
Review by: Dimitrios Handanos from Hanover, ME United States  
Very prompt service ,very impressed with speed of order.   Will  tell friends and also order other products as needed . thank you for your expertise and promptness. Out  on the water everyday    HAPPY!

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