With the revival of channel bottom twins and longer rail lines, the call for a smaller template than our Classic Twin was heard.
Our Small Twin is still true to the MR style outline, but shrunken a little to let the board flow faster through turns and allow the rail to do its thing.
We’ve also given the small twin an inside foil, meaning a less grabby feeling off the top and and a smoother feeling down the line. For a little more hold and drive, a small rear stabiliser fin can still be added.
Stiff base with fine tip for the kind of responsiveness that only true fibreglass fins can provide. Highest quality 6 oz. fibreglass cloth and resin.
Alkali X Beau Foster Limited Edition 3 Tone Thruster
The Bug 3 draws inspiration from Al Byrne's thruster templates along with Beau’s love of wide-based fin designs. The width in the base offers a lot of drive and stability, whilst the more upright and narrow tip controls release while still maintaining speed out of turns.
Inspired by the height of Australian old malibu scene in the mid 60’s, this fin incorporates the perfect amount of release and drive for turns along with plenty of hold for nose rides.
“I have tried a lot of fins and this is the best combination of every element in one fin. a touch of flex in the tip but not too much so it doesn’t get the doughy feeling that real flexy fins can give at times.” – Thomas Bexon
Available only in white, with hand stamped gold logo
Highest quality fibreglass cloth and resin. Solid brass pin. Stainless steel plate and screw included.
The sleek, heavily raked Flex Fin is a favourite for logs, hulls, mid lengths and anything with a wide tail. Extreme tip rake that holds in the wave face when up high. Low surface area for loose turns and unique projection into the pocket. Great for nose riding, but also lends itself to beautiful wide arcs..
Solid brass pin. Stainless steel plate and screw included. Highest quality fibreglass cloth and resin
11″ SUITS:Logs, nose riders and wide tail boards DEPTH:279mm / 11″ BASE:197mm / 7.8″
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.
Dick Van Straalen is one of the most innovative and creative shapers in Australia, and an absolute legend and icon to boot.
Alkali Fins has a long-standing relationship with DVS, making him fins since the early days under the Fluid Foils label with Phil Way at the helm.
This single fin template has been Dick’s go-to single shape for all those years and it’s as close to a perfect all-rounder as you might find. Sleek and raked profile with a thin tip, and just enough base to flow and drive through turns without too much drag.
If you ever get a chance to order a board from Dick, don’t miss the opportunity to drop by his factory and meet with the legend himself. A humble, positive, witty, eccentric legend of the Australian surfing culture.
From his website: A fine surfer, he started shaping his own boards as a teenager and learn his art on the Northern Beaches in Sydney in the 1960s. It was when he moved to Burleigh Heads and started shaping under his own label in the ’70s that he really blossomed. The hollow sand bottom point breaks on the Gold Coast and his shapes were a perfect match, and his down railed, pintails pioneered riding way back inside the tube at Burleigh and Kirra. Since then he has progressed into a master shaper who over the last 50 years has hand-shaped all different types of ocean-going vehicles from open ocean racing paddleboards, to longboards, reef runners, guns, fishes, and the many other designs that his fertile imagination comes up with. His combinations of rocker, vee, tail lift, and outline templates are unique and produce a smooth, maneuverable, fast ride that allows you to maintain a high-speed line at all times.