Single Fin, Twin Fin, Tri Fin, Quad Fin.. how do they compare?

Single Fin, Twin Fin, Tri Fin, Quad Fin.. how do they compare?

We stock loads of fins, all sizes, all shapes and all colours!

So whats the deal with Single Fins, Twin Fins, Tri Fins (Thrusters) and Quads (oh and not forgetting Bonzers 3&5's - we will write a separate post on those)

Breaking it down to 5 key metrics: Performance, Manoeuvrability, Stability, Best for.. and Drawbacks here is a run down:

Single Fin

  • Performance: Offers a smooth and classic ride. Best for long, drawn-out turns.
  • Manoeuvrability: Less manoeuvrable compared to other configurations. Ideal for traditional surfing styles.
  • Stability: Very stable, especially good for nose riding and cruising.
  • Best For: Longboards, retro boards, and mellow waves. Popular in the 60s and 70s.
  • Drawbacks: Limited speed and agility. Not ideal for modern, aggressive surfing.

Twin Fin

  • Performance: Provides a loose, skate-like feel. Great for generating speed.
  • Manoeuvrability: Highly manoeuvrable, allowing for quick turns and tricks.
  • Stability: Less stable than single fins but offers more speed and freedom.
  • Best For: Small to medium-sized waves. Favoured for fun, playful surfing and retro fish shapes.
  • Drawbacks: Can be harder to control in bigger waves. Less drive and hold than other configurations.

Tri Fin (Thruster)

  • Performance: Balanced between speed, control, and manoeuvrability. The most versatile setup.
  • Manoeuvrability: Offers good control and the ability to perform powerful turns and carves.
  • Stability: Provides a good combination of stability and agility.
  • Best For: All-around surfing in a variety of wave conditions. The standard for most modern shortboards.
  • Drawbacks: Slightly less speed compared to twin or quad setups but more control and drive.

Quad Fin

  • Performance: Excellent for generating speed and maintaining it through sections of the wave.
  • Manoeuvrability: Offers a blend of twin fin looseness and tri fin control.
  • Stability: Good stability, especially at high speeds. Provides a solid hold in the wave face.
  • Best For: Larger, steeper waves, and barrels. Popular for surfers looking to maximise speed and hold.
  • Drawbacks: Can feel stiff in smaller waves. More challenging to perform tight, snappy turns compared to a thruster.


  • Single Fin: Best for smooth, stable, and classic surfing.
  • Twin Fin: Great for speed and manoeuvrability in smaller waves.
  • Tri Fin (Thruster): The most versatile, offering a balance of speed, control, and manoeuvrability.
  • Quad Fin: Ideal for high-speed surfing and larger waves with a focus on speed and stability.

Choosing the right fin setup depends on your surfing style, the type of waves you encounter, and your personal preference for stability, speed, and manoeuvrability.

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