Bodyboard Fin Guides and FAQs
Why do I need bodyboarding fins?
When do they come in handy?
Bodyboarding fins are an
essential piece for anyone who’s serious about the sport. If you plan on
hitting decent sized waves, you’re going to want the added mobility that is
gained with fins. If you’re planning on sticking with small 3 ft. waves, we’d
say they aren’t necessary. Here are a few ways they will help you in medium and
-Fins will get move you that
extra 5 feet where you need to be in order to catch that perfect wave that
would be out of reach otherwise.
-With more waves caught, you
have more fun but you also learn the sport better. You increase your skill.
-With increased skill, you learn
other ways fins help. Gliding down a wave, fins will help you control your rail
-In rough surf, where the
water’s pulling you out, fins will make it easier to get back to shallow water.
-You’ll notice you won’t be able
to live without them once you get used to them.
How do I get in the water with
Yeah you’ll look a little funny
flip flopping around getting into the water with them, but after you hit the
water, here’s what you do:
-Walk slowly and carefully to
-At 4 inches deep, turn and walk
backwards to prevent your fins from tripping you up.
-When you’re up to your waist,
What’s the difference between
bodyboarding and diving fins?
Good bodyboarding fins have soft
flexible rubber in the foot pocket, but stiffer rubber on the blade along with
hard, durable rails. This keeps the whole fin rigid as you are paddling. It
takes more effort but yields greater speed. This is what separates them from
diving fins, which have blades that flex.
How do I choose comfortable fins?
We can’t stress how important it
is to find comfortable fins. Happy feet make a happy bodyboarder….well you need
waves too, but if you buy uncomfortable fins you won’t use them at all. So make
sure you do the following:
-Your fins shouldn’t squeeze
your feet together, make them feel cramped or apply pressure to the toe ends.
-If the top of the fin or heel
strap cuts down into your foot, it’s too tight.
-The fins should be snug, but
not too tight. There’s a sweet spot.
All in all, fin brands and
models will feel different. They won’t be as comfortable as your shoes are, but
they shouldn’t be uncomfortable. If you feel rubbing or cramping, it’s a good
idea to try a different brand or size out. If you buy fins that don’t feel
comfy, we can refund your purchase for you as long as the fins aren’t too used,
but keep in mind that you’ll need to pay for the stamp to get it back to us.
Whats the difference in Fin
The asymmetrical fins you see,
also known as the Churchill design, are for riders who want a more powerful
fin. They’re generally used for prone style bodyboarding. However, the
symmetrical fins are better suited for smaller women or children as they have a
smaller blade allowing easier kicking action, but are less powerful.
How about Drop Knee fins?
It’s tough getting that foot up
on the board when you’re barreling down the wave, but how the heck do you do it
with a fin on? To make it a bit easier to do, try cutting down your front fin.
Take a razor or knife and carefully cut the fin so it’s easier to quickly bring
it up onto the board.
What to do if I get blistering from
Catching the problem as early on
as possible is key because if you catch it early you can prevent a real blister
from forming but if you wait it’s going to take a week to fully heal and you’ll
be in constant pain if you use fins while you’re healing. So follow these steps
to prevent it:
-Address the problem as soon as
you find a blister or sore area, or risk ruining your surf trip.
-Switch fins to a model that
doesn’t apply pressure to the area.
-If your fins will allow you to
use a wetsuit sock, heel shield, etc. then use them ASAP.
-Clean the area with fresh water
and an antiseptic cover, if a blister starts forming.
Taking care of your new fins
Rubber and salt water work
together, but only for so long. To keep your fins from getting dry rot and in
good condition, it’s important to follow these tips:
-Rinse off salt water from your
fins after each use
-When storing your fins, make
sure the blades are straight otherwise they will stay that way.
-When walking over rocks with
our fins on, be careful not to snag and rip the drainage holes.
-Don’t leave your fins outside
or in cold temperatures, the rubber will dry rot!
Why should I use Neoprene Socks?
First and most obviously,
neoprene socks will keep your feet warm. They also prevent blistering as they
provide a nice soft layer between your skin and the rubber inside the fin.
Good! But the bad part is since neoprene is very buoyant, it will make it
slightly more difficult to get a good deep paddle with your fins. But when it’s
all said and done, the socks are definitely worth it.
What do Flipper Slippers do?
Flipper slippers are like
neoprene socks but they don’t have heels on them. They accomplish the same
thing as socks, they’re not quite as warm though, but they are lighter. They
are preferred by most bodyboarders since they give a lighter and more nimble
feel to your kicking.
What are Heel Shields?
Heel shields have two main
purposes. They help your feet fit more snuggly in fins that are a little too
big on your feet by pushing your foot deeper in the fin. In addition to that,
they create a nice layer between the strap and your ankle, preventing rubbing
and blistering on your heels!
What are Fin Tethers?
Fin tethers are like all the other
tethers and leashes out there, but they are for your fins! What good is one fin
if you lose the other? You can’t buy individual fins, so one good fin is as
good as no fins. So fin tethers will prevent you from losing your fins if one
falls off in the water.