More From Florian And His New Pig ...

 

Hi Paul,

The surf has been really bad, non existent here while the water is still around 74, even in Ventura!
 
Over a week ago I rode the pig with the finally finished fin at pv cove. Conditions again really marginal, barely breaking with no push or any kind of power. Hard to tell in waves like that, I definitely need to get it in better waves.

I would say it is the easiest to surf with that fin so far, it definitely works. This nice guy named Craig who surfs pv cove every day, he's 70 years old and rides frye gliders, commented on the beautiful board and the handmade fin, but argued that a fin that thick would create way to much drag. I tried to explain it to him to no avail.

I finally told him that Phil Edwards used a thickness to width ratio of 12.5% - while it didn't convince him it at least it silenced him!

No one seems to understand thick foils....

Florian


 The original fin, with the thickness built up to around 7/8" with bondo...




This is the new template... 

 

 This is the modified fin, almost finished. The rubber bands show the flat area behind the thickest part of the fin...
 

 Here's the finished fin ...



-- Paul Gross

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