SPECS: CENTER FIN DEPTH: 177mm / 7″ BASE: 155mm / 6.1″ SIDE BITES: DEPTH: 80mm / 3.3″ BASE: 85mm / 3.3″
Never one to follow trends, surfer and shaper Dave Parmenter is a true original in the world of surfboard design. In the ‘80s, when thrusters overtook the single fin, he yearned for the speed and drive that a single fin provided, yet loved the versatility of a thruster. This led to a re-thinking of Terry Fitzgerald’s ‘Drifta‘ model boards — Parmenter reworked the balance of 3 fins to form the basis of the very first 2 +1 set up, which he dubbed the “Widow Maker.”. It’s in this reconfiguration that is Dave’s genius.
“Dave Parmenter introduced me to his Widow Maker design in the early 90s and opened up realms in surfing that I’d never considered before. Over the last 20 odd years, Dave and I have gone back and forth on the Widow Maker design, tweaking the fin shapes to where we find it today. Dave has shaped me a number of boards ranging from 6’1″ to 8’6″ that have all featured the Widow Maker set up. Some of the boards have had channels and some of them have had a slight vee running out the tail. I also find that the centre fin by itself works great in a pin tail or in a wider tail board with channels. ” – Andrew Kidman
Designing, testing and refining surf concepts is what Ellis Ericson does best.
Elevated by recent time with George Greenough, Ellis has been adjusting fin templates and foils to find the ideal setup for his boards. After a run of great swell on the North Coast, the Ellis Twin was the result.
A wide base with acute curve in the trailing edge helps in a number of ways. The base area provides more of a sweet spot in the tail to allow for feet adjustment. A 70/30 foil gives control through transition of turns, allowing the water to grip both sides of the fin. This maximises stall time before cavitation and eases back into drive after tail slides.
Inspired by the tail fins of Swordfish and Marlin – the harder you push, the better these fins go.