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Pura Vida

Tim Orr *hearts* fins. He sent in a shot of some of the ones he has in his collection. Pretty nuts!:
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Tim shapes surfboards under his Pure Life Surfboards label in Hawaii. He’s a fan of the bonzer style fin configuration/bottom contour. Here’s a board he’s shaped that he calls the Kona Green Machine. It’s a looker!:

Pure Life - Kona Green Machine

Tim crafted the fins himself. A backlit shot that also shows off radical bonzer style concaves exiting the tail:

Kona Green Machine - Fin Cluster 

We’re not sure if Tim want’s his contact info blasted onto the internets for spam bots to harvest so you can drop us a line if you’d like to get in touch with him about custom shapes or fins. He also posts on Craig’s List Hawaii quite frequently so that’s another option for getting in touch.

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Daniel Partch Quad Fins


Daniel Partch Frye TemplateSingle Foil Fins

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Daniel Partch: Craftsman

Daniel Partch At Work

Daniel Partch At Work 

Daniel Partch Dol-phin

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The Slantback

8″ x 5″ marine ply keel hand foiled by local fin builder Daniel Partch:
Daniel Partch Keel Fin

This “slantback” template is his favorite keel fin design and is inspired by something that his fin making colleague/mentor Larry Gephardt came up with. According to Daniel: “You don’t want too much base on your keel otherwise the board can be too rigid. If you want to surf with that *gestures in a large rising and falling swooping motion* then this is the best fin”.

We’ve compared this fin with some other keels we have on hand and we can see the slant keeps a similar amount of surface area for drivey-ness but with the looseness that comes with a shorter base. So drivey but loose, just like a good fish ought to do.

Wood fins are nice because they float:
Floating Daniel Partch Slantback Keel Fin

The layers of ply are like contours on a map. In this case they show off the lovely foiling that Daniel does:
Daniel Partch Keel

We currently have Daniel’s slantback fins available:


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TKO- Taylor Knox Tri-Fin

Taylor Knox Tri Fin

The Taylor Knox tri-fin set from Lokbox/Rainbow Fin Co. comes in both a 4.4″ and a 4.6″ fin (all three fins in a set are the same height). We haven’t actually tried these out yet but the name alone conjures up images of powerful, raw-some cutbacks!:

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PT Quad


PT Quad

The Lokbox based PT Quad is a fin design by Santa Cruz shaper Pat Taylor. It’s much like the Canard Quad design that has been doing the rounds in many Speed Dialer and Speed Dialer-esque shapes these last few years but with a fuller template. As with these Canard Quad templates, you can see how the two fins together have a profile similar to a traditional keel fin. Use this fin set up if you feel underpowered with your current quad set.

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RS1-RS2 Lokbox Quadfin Combo


The RS1-RS2 Combo
Like the R5-R8 quad combo, the RS1-RS2 is another of the more recent quadfin offerings from Rainbow Fin Co. for the Lokbox fin system.

The RS1 has a full bodied 4.5″ leading fin much like the LB4 (so fuller than the R5) but has a trailing fin that is smaller than either the LB1 or the R8. The RS2 is only 3.75″ high, a whole .5″ shorter than either of those.

RS1-RS2 Quadfin Combo
These are just a few situations where these fins would work well:
-On boards that have their fin boxes further back.
-On shapes with more pulled in tails.
-For riders that want to loosen up a board that use a fin set with a larger rear fin like the LB4-LB1 or the R5-R8.

Below you can compare the size and rake of the RS1 and RS2 (RS2 on top of RS1):

RS1 vs. RS2 comparison

We currently have the RS1-RS2 Quadfin set available in the following…

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Side Bites


RSB- Rainbow Side Bites
3.5″ Sidebites for Lokbox. Use in your 2+1 set up or loosen up a quadfin by swaping the rear fins for these.

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R5-R8 Quad Setup


R5 R8 Quadfin
Above is a nice shot of the Lokbox R5-R8 Quadfin combination perched on a local reef. The R5-R8 is a set up that’s been made available more recently by Rainbow Fin Co. for the Lokbox fin system. Although the fin heights are the same as the LB4-LB1 combo, these templates are not as full in profile taking less power to turn with them. This means the LB4-LB1 may be the choice for a larger surfer (or someone with a real power oriented surfing style) while the R5-R8 may be good for someone of more average size. Of course fin box placement and board template should be considered in this equation as well.

The following image contrasts the templates of the two fins with the 4.25″ R8 resting on top of the 4.5″ R5 (stay tuned for some R5-R8 vs. LB4-LB1 contrast shots):
R5 vs. R8 comparisson

The R5-R8 is available:

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101st Airborne Division

101 Fin Co. LB4-LB1 template
Same template as the LB4 LB1 combo, but in bamboo! These fins really work well… and they float. The natural bamboo material gives these fins an insane livelyness that you can feel when they load and unload. Available from North County San Diego based 101 Fin Co. Check ’em out!

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Power Quad!


Lokbox LB4-LB1 combo by Rainbow Fin Co.
The Rainbow Fin Co./Lokbox LB4-LB1 quadfin combination is our choice for maximum drive in a quad fin set up. At 4.5″ and 4.25″, these fins together provide lots of surface area for power transfer with the wave. They aren’t as unique looking as some of the other quadfin set ups but they really get the job done if drive is what you’re aiming for. A trick we like to do with these fins (depending on the board template and conditions) is ride them with all four fins pushed to the forward end of their boxes. This loosens the board up off the tail but maintains drive in a down the line type of situation when you’re surfing the board from a more forward position.

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Turbo CCQ: Turbo Canard Cutaway Quad


Lokbox Turbo Canard Cutaway Quads
“Canard Cutaway Quad” is quite a mouthful but there are some interesting design elements highlighted by the language used in the name. A canard wing is a reference to a long, narrow foil. In this case, there are four of them. In the field of aerodynamics, a canard wing is known for high efficiency. With each pair of fins, a canard quad takes an outline similar to a traditional keel fin, and breaks it into two parts. The “Cutaway” aspect of the name highlights the bit of the trailing edge of the rear set of fins that’s been removed. This has the effect of loosening up the fins by narrowing the base.
The “Turbo” aspect of the fins means they have more outward cant (less “vertical” than a non turbo set). The cant puts the ends of the fins closer to the rail line of a shape they’re on. This loosens the board further but not at the sake of drive.

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