Found a really cool video. The kind of stuff that makes me think "YES!!! We need more of this". Compare the same fin in
different constructions back-to-back during a single session.
A bit about the fins. These were the ones tested:
Futures Fins is one of the largest surfing fin manufacturers in the world. They categorize their fins based on the Ride
Number (RN). This thing, the Ride Number (RN), will be explored in greater depth. For now, we'll stick to the basics.
The Ride Number (RN) can be between 1 and 10. A fin with RN 1 is able to control speed and hold through turns. A fin
with RN 10 generates speed and is more responsive.
An interesting aspect that strikes me about the F4 model constructions is that Futures provides an entry-level option.
The Thermotech. It feels very valuable to have this option for beginners or for those that don't want to spend too much
money on fins.
On the flip side, why the hell do you have two constructions with a similar RN? Alpha material is RN 5.5 and Honeycomb
RN 5.3. What a great way to confuse surfers. From the website you don't get a lot of information on why you should use
one or the other. If I'm choosing I'll go with Alpha. It's cheaper and this is what Futures says about the material "We
have developed a brand new material blend that is lighter than Honeycomb and the next step in innovation for Futures."
Back to the video. Here is the link. The whole thing just makes a lot of sense. I like how they tried on an average
beach break, you see good and bad waves, same board, same rider. This gives us a few ideas for what we want to do on our
Result (spoiler alert)
Best material - The Alpha.