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
Album Surfboards have created some of the most fun surfboards in recent times. Shaper/designer Matt Parker has an eye for pleasing aesthetics, which he puts to good use with some of the most original tints, pigments and matte/gloss combos.
The Alkali x Album collaboration offers a variety of fin clusters to match Album’s most popular models. All the fins feature a sleek, raked-back design, encouraging high-speed surfing with low catch and friction - ultimately allowing the surfboard to do more of the work unhindered.
Taj Richmond has been a mate of Alkali forever. He has one of the best styles on land and in the drink, and rips on pretty much anything.
Along with his Byron Bay crew including Jhamil Coorey and Joel Paxton, Taj has come up with a thruster for all conditions. The template has a raked back look, with similar lines to the AM thruster and similar early 2000's era staples. Think drive and flow, with some flair off the top.
Designed in Byron Bay by Australian longboard style queen - Josie Prendergast.
Modified from an old Mick Dooley template, the Josie Fin is a reliable and versatile fin for most longboards. A fairly upright base with an even rake allows smooth turns and noserides. We shaved some area from the top half of the template, and foiled out the tip to loosen turns a little. Ideal for smaller and lighter surfers, and anyone looking for a dependable fin without too many surprises.
The sleek, heavily raked Flex is a cult favourite for a lot of our regular customers. It may look a little unorthodox, but the Alkali Flex will feel perfectly at home once matched with the right board.
Thanks to the extreme rake and broad base, the Flex will load energy through the entire fin and
release out of turns quickly, offering sweet bursts of speed and projection.
Incredible for nose riding and lends to beautiful wide arcs, minus the stiffness of a more upright fin.
11″ SUITS: Logs, nose riders and wide tail mals DEPTH: 279mm / 11″ BASE: 197mm / 7.8″