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Check out the new Equinox Surfboards Models for 2012.  Most models will be shipping around mid-April, but pre-order is available today.  The 6'10" Hybrid Surfboard - Blade is already available with many in stock.  Check out the full 2012 New boards or click any of the links below for details.  If you need any help deciding which board best fits your ability level, please drop an email to info@equinoxsurfboards.com.

5'8" Egg - Blaster 6'6" Retro Fish - Fire 6'8" Shortboard - Triton


7'6" Funboard - Lotus 8'6" Longboard - Burner
8'10" Longboard - Tree


6'10" Hybrid - Blade 9'4" Longboard - Phantom

 Retro Fish Surfboard

We get this question all the time and wanted to address, “Is a Retro Fish Surfboard a good choice for a beginner”.  There is no simple answer.  If you are referring to a 6'0" 190 lbs person who is trying to ride a 5'10" retro fish, the answer is no.  If you are referring to a 5'7" 150 lbs person who is considering a 6'10" retro fish, the answer might be yes.  There are many factors to consider when looking at retro fish surfboards.  We believe this shape is the best for surfers who have gotten through the fresh beginner stage are looking to move to a smaller board. 

We highly recommend retro fish surfboards for those who are comfortable catching waves with a funboard, mini-longboard, or longboard and are looking to move down to more of a shortboard feel.  Retro fish surfboards are great as transitional boards because they still offer the responsiveness of a shortboard but have the paddle power of the longer board.  Typical thicknesses of retro fish surfboards range from 2-3/4” – 3-1/4” which provide the ease of paddle characteristic. 

Choosing a beginner board is always stressful but it doesn’t have to be.  To receive a custom recommendation on beginner surfboards please contact us at info@equinoxsurfboards.com.

Recently there has been a lot of debate on which of these fin setups work better on retro fish surfboards.This issue has made a recent resurgence with many of the top pros including Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, and Bruce Irons wielding the four fin option.While the quad fin surfboards are increasingly popular, both Twin and Quad have their own unique characteristics. Because of the lack of center fin, both options ride faster than their more contemporary thruster counterpart.  Both are also much looser while turning than a thruster because of the elimination of the center anchor point.
 
 
While both are looser while turning, you really feel a significant difference on the twin. Think of it this way, when the fins are small and there are less of them, so therefore the hold is not as great. The fewer anchor points in the water, the less resistance you are going to feel and therefore rail to rail surfing is a must. Because the fins are usually placed closer to the tail of the board the pivot point also has been moved back on the twin fins.
Twin Fin Surfboard
 
 
Quad Fin Surfboard
 
While this setup was first brought to the surfing stage in the early 1980's, when the thruster was fresh on the scene.It offered an alternative to the thruster, and provided a ride similar to the twin but with better holding power.The quads also provide much more drive then the twins.This is because the two fins on each side work together to channel the water out the tail of the board.  Because the fins are set farther forward on the quads, the pivot point is pushed off the tail more than a twin.  Another positive attribute is the ability to hold better in larger surf.This is why you will see many of the big wave chargers using quads.
 
 
Difference types of surfers prefer different types of surfboards.  Each fin setup has their own pluses and minuses which can only be evaluated and chosen by the surfer themselves.  I hope this article helps you choose the best fish surfboard for you

 

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