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.
Featuring the unique colours of the Hawaiian Sunrise Shell.
Alkali is proud to be working once more with Andrew Kidman and Big Sky Limited with a collection of three different fins.
The collection brings together some of Andrew Kidman’s favourite fins, with a goal to continue testing and adjusting these fins along the way. Our aim is to progress the designs, and not become stagnant.
All Alkali fins are made in the traditional method - from fibreglass and resin panels.This means that you can sand out any damage that occurs from rocks and reef.
We also encourage you to customise the fins to your liking; by foiling (*sanding) them down to a smaller size, making the tip thinner for more flex, or altering the outline. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Centre Foiled Design
The Twin Keel and High Aspect Twin both feature a centre foil.
Basically, this allows the water to wrap around the fin as the fin travels through the water, the same way it does with a Single Fin. This gives the surfer more control and stops the fin from breaking free (cavitating) in the turn. It's a smoother feeling.
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″
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