A surfboard fin or skeg is a hydrofoil mounted at the tail of a surfboard to improve directional stability and control through foot-steering.
Have you ever decided to go all out and spend your entire paycheck on a new surfboard to take it out once and hate it? It happens and it sucks! But, before you give up, try different fins. The board will ride completely different simply by changing the fin size and setup. The board can be your new magic board with a simple fin switch.
Often unspoken, having the right fins and fin setup on your board will completely change the ride and performance of the surfboard. Understanding how different fin setups will change your surfing forever. Fins are as important as the board itself. They are what give the surfboard stability, control and drive. You would never put flat worn out tires on a race car, why put cheap plastic fins on your performance surfboard.
Do 150$ fins really make a difference? Absolutely! When picking fins, the cheap plastic skegs are just an average sized and flex fin, they are generic. But, when buying performance fins all aspects of the surfer are taken into account. Weight of the surfer, style of surfing, size of waves, and desired performance. When picking out your personal fins, be sure to be honest about what you can do on a surfboard and how you want your surfboard to react.
Choosing the right fins comes down to a lot more than just material, or price. You should know the differences before buying.