Futures Fins began in a Californian garage in 1996 and today is one of the preferred surfboard fin systems by surfers globally. Freeride Surf Skate stocks all the very latest Futures Fins range available in New Zealand. Freeride's knowledgeable and core team of surfers can advise you on the right Futures Fin for your next new surfboard.
Who Rides Futures?
Today Futures fins are ridden as surfboard fin of choice by leading world performance and big wave surfers. World Champions John John Florence, and Italo Ferreira lead the charge in riding Futures as their preferred fin system and behind them a big chunk of the worlds best surfers like Jordy Smith, Conner Coffin, Jack Freestone, Ethan Ewing and Michel Bourez all now choose Futures as their fin box system.
Who is behind Futures?
The Longo brothers had a reputation for tackling challenging aerospace parts and fabricating hydrogen fuel cells for research, but in 1996 they decided to combine their technical know-how with something they loved. Surfing. They have always considered building locally extremely important, and now this allows us at Futures to dream up a fin, design it, cut it and surf it, all in a matter of hours under one roof in Huntington Beach. With this ability, we constantly evolve our designs, creating new feelings and new experiences. Sharing these new innovations with other surfers is what fuels our devotion to progression.
As innovators, Futures is driven to improve, to never settle. Each wave is an opportunity to develop, to learn and grow. Surfers have been riding waves for hundreds of years, and it is with deep respect that we continually refine surf equipment with feedback from the elite surfers and shapers in the world. We continue to learn together so that we can in turn equip the beginning surfer to the world champ with the right product, and clear information so they can easily dial in their equipment. This is why we spend our resources on tools like The Ride Number and a bunch of in house engineers instead of relying on the next flashy advertising campaign.
So What Makes Futures Fins Special?
Unlike the FCS, Futures use a single-tab system for its fins. Each of the fins is secured with an angled screw. Due to the fact that the fins have a single case, they have a firmer connection to the board, resulting in a less flex that makes it stronger and more unlikely to break.
The solid bond between the board and the fin as well gives surfers more responsiveness just about every time you are in the water doing your thing.
Futures fins are designed with performance and durability in mind.
How To Fit a Futures Fin
Lets Get Technical on Futures Fins - The Ride Number
The Futures Ride Number scale has made choosing fins as easy as two simple questions:
1)What size fin are you (weight)?
2)What kind of feelings do you want to add to your surfing?
The experts at Futures Fins have created the Ride Number scale to make choosing your next set of surfboard fins easy, allowing you to pair the right fins with your quiver and conditions. Ride Number is a scale from 10-1 illustrating the difference between fins that generate speed and fins that control speed. A fin’s Ride Number is determined by its foil, rake, and flex.
Foil is the shape of the fin from the front to the back- this is what effects how water moves past the fin. Futures offers three foil options for fins: flat, V2, and V foil. Flat foils work best at controlling speed in powerful surf, while V and V2 foils are smooth rail-to-rail, and have more speed generating characteristics.
Rake of a fin determines its pivot and drive. The rake is the fin’s arc, or how far back the fin tilts. Fins with more rake are more stable in larger surf and are better for powerful, carving surfers. Less raked, or more upright fins, are great for surfing in the pocket and allow for snappy surfing in weaker waves. Rake options for Futures fins include upright(low), blended(medium), and laid back(high rake).
Flex of your surfboard’s fins directly relates to how your board will perform, both when the fin is loaded up at the apex of a turn or carve, and exiting the turn as the fin unloads. Flex is the highest ranking factor determining a fin’s Ride Number. More flexible fins generate speed and allow for a springy, lively style of surfing. Stiffer fins allow for control in bigger surf, at high speeds, and have a solid, predictable feel.
On the left side of the Ride Number scale, fins rated 10-7 are described as springy, fluid, and responsive. These are typically fins used in smaller, weaker surf, or by light-footed surfers, to generate speed. Fins within this range have been characterized as great for performance when conditions are lacking push. They also have the most flex and curved foil making them exceptional at generating speed.
In the middle of the scale, fins rated 7-4 have a balanced blend of speed generating and controlling characteristics. Balanced fins are designed to perform both on big days along with feeling loose and lively on those average, everyday waves. Most of these fins are made with the honeycomb construction- they carry medium flex and have flat or subtle foils.
On the right end of the scale are fins that are designed for powerful surfers and powerful waves. These fall in the 4-1 range on the Ride Number scale. These fins are designed with flat foils and feel solid, engaged, and predictable. They are great for bigger surf because their stiffness allows them to engage and be pushed hard when carving at speed. “Speed controlling” fins are made with the techflex and fiberglass constructions. These fins go great with your step-up board or gun for the next big swell.
With the Ride Number system Futures has made picking the right set of fins simple. Use the Ride Number system to dial in the best fins for your surfing and start getting the most out of your sessions!