Surf Hardware International announced the release of their new FCS II System and Essential Series fins this week. July marked the first shipment of the new FCS II system to some key board manufacturers around the world. The Essential Series fins should start hitting stores by September 2013. In the meanwhile, read below for a preview of product to come.
INTRODUCING FCS II: THE NEW WORLD STANDARD FIN SYSTEM
You’ve probably heard whispers of it, well now it’s here. Surf Hardware International is excited to announce the global release of the new FCS II System and Essential Series fin range. Set to become the new world standard in system technology and performance, FCS II is designed to accommodate all surfers; regardless of their age demographic, surfing genre, or the boards and waves they’re riding.
THE FCS II SYSTEM
The FCS II system has been designed to perform at the highest level by seamlessly connecting the three essential elements in surfing; the surfer, the surfboard and the fins. The new system boasts a number of key advantages over its predecessors. First, the need for any screws or tool to secure the fins has been eliminated; the fins now simply lock into the plugs.
Second, the leading edge of the fin resides inside the plug, and the base of the fins sit flush to the surface of the board creating a more seamless connection. The final key feature of the new system is that it’s backward compatible, meaning it will accept fins from the original dual tab system. Adding two grub screws and a small silicon insert allows you to secure your two tab fins into the new system.
When paired with fins from the new FCS II Essential Series, it’s now possible to install and remove your fins in seconds. What you’ll find when you ride the new FCS II system is more speed, drive, acceleration, and most importantly more response from your board, and that equates to better surfing.
Our team riders have given the new FCS II system their personal tick of approval, which is validation from the best surfers on the planet.
THE FCS ESSENTIAL SERIES FIN RANGE
Inspiration for the FCS Essential Series fin range came from surfers craving a family of fins that not only simplified the fin selection process, but could clearly deliver specific performance advantages.
How does the Essential Series range work?
The Essential Series fin range consists of 4 thruster templates and 3 quad templates, all of which are available in different sizes and constructions. Each template has been named to reflect the type of performance it delivers. Essentially a surfer chooses a fin template based on the waves they’re surfing and the performance they desire, then they choose the correct size fin for their weight, it’s that simple.
Types of Fins:
Fast reacting fin with an upright template for surfers who like performing tight radius turns in the pocket.
Versatile template designed for surfers who like to strike a balance between speed and maneuverability with flow between turns.
Functional template with flat foil on the side fins designed for surfers who like to attack the wave and surf with energy & power.
Elongated fin designed for power surfers who like to push hard against their fins, draw out their turns, and carve on the open face.
By applying 20 years of knowledge working with surfers, shapers and experts in hydrodynamics, FCS has combined the essential elements of performance and design into four fin templates. The result is precision engineering in its purest form. Each fin has a purpose, and every design element has been infused into the fin for a reason.
So, it’s now possible to go ‘Around the World with 4 Fins’, and be perfectly equipped to surf any type of wave.