Will my original FCS (dual tab) fins work with the new FCS II system?

Yes the new FCS II system is backward compatible. Adding two grub screws to each FCS II plug allows you to secure your original dual tab fins in place. FCS has also designed small, unobtrusive silicone inserts to fill the void between the leading edge of the original dual tab fins and the front of the FCS II plugs. The inserts are extremely durable, lightweight, and are designed to replicate the flush leading edge of the new FCS II fins. Made from high quality silicone rubber, they will withstand extreme conditions, while ensuring the integrity of the plug and fins.



Will the FCS II mechanism keep working over time?

The mechanism inside the FCS II plug will continue to work no matter how many times you change your fins. This simple, but well refined mechanism is constructed from superior materials ensuring operational longevity. FCS has completed repetition testing (installing and removing a fin from the system) with no loss of retention force after 4,000 cycles. Under normal conditions, the FCS II system will outlast the life of the board.

Will sun and salt water corrode the FCS II mechanism, and what if sand enters the plug, will it jam?

The FCS II mechanism has been designed to operate in a highly corrosive environment. If sand enters the plug it will be flushed out through the open slot cavities. All materials used to construct the FCS II plug have been selected for their anti-corrosion properties; including the titanium rod which is an inert material (will not rust).

Will fins eject out of the system unintentionally when surfing?

The barrel locking system inside the FCS II plug has a high retention force (around 12kg/26Ibs). Fins cannot be removed from the system due to impact force from the front or side of the fin (i.e. the direction of forces applied during surfing). A fin can only be removed from the plug by applying an upwards force to the rear of the fin.




About a century ago, the sport of surfing made its way from Hawaii to California’s coast. Since then, almost every area of surfing – design of surfboard, riders, and the industry – have showed drastic changes while the best surfing spots have pretty much remained unchanged. There are numerous amounts of them stretching from Northern California down to Southern California incorporating many different types waves. 

Just a little off the Highway 101, Rincon can be found on the edge of the line of Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.  On a good day you will get rubbery legs from this lengthy point-break, which is divided into: the Cove, Indicators and Rivermouth. For years, a lot of the progression of surfing took place at this spot and it is also known as the spot that produced popular surfers like Bobby Martinez and Tom Curran.

Rincon, which has a reasonably small beach, perches on the shoreline’s curve and angled towards waves coming in. This angled coastline provides and ideal setup and waves peel down the beach. This spot is a winter spot with W/NW swells making this plate light up.  As a result of the Channel Islands, the summer months are typically very flat. 

Rincon’s Best Surfboard

Although there are a variety of different boards being ridden at Rincon, the preferred stick is a shortboard.  This wave can become very high performance on the right swell and having a responsive board is key.  The shortboard surfboards are generally less than 7ft in length. There are various kinds of shortboard surfboards, including quad fin, thruster, step up and pod. This wave provides plenty of large shoulders to perfect your cutbacks, big turns and airs. 

Classic Day at Rincon - Sea Movies from on Vimeo.

Professional Surfer Rob Machado or Robert Edward Machado who hails from a San Diego Country community found in Encinitas, California was born in Sydney, Australia in 1973 on October 16.

He went to San Dieguito High School where he was popularly known for his carefree attitude in the water and on land. Although he now typically rides a modern shortboard surfboards, people still refer to him as ‘soul surfer’ and this is due to his easy style which gave him the alias ‘Mr. Smoothy.’ In addition to shortboard surfboards, he is experimental trying crazy shapes from egg surfboards, retro fish surfboards, longboard surfboards, alaias, and everything in between.  He is considered one of the professional best goofy footers.

Rob Machado has been victorious in several professional surfers’ high-status contests and this includes the Triple Crown of Surfing – Pipeline Masters (Hawaii). Under his belt there is also U.S. Open of Surfing which is the largest event in surfing held on the mainland of the US. The competition that he won in Huntington Beach in 2006 was one only one of many and this followed right behind his 2006 win in the Pipeline Monster Energy Professional on the North Shore of Oahu. In addition, he was a member of the ‘West’ team which came out victorious in the surfing competition of the Summer X Games in 2006; this is staged in Mexico yearly and simply known as ‘The Game’

Although a retiree from World Championship Tour (WCT), he was one of the main contenders until a few years ago when injuries started to deter him. Nonetheless, he ended in the world’s top three rankings twice at the end of the year. Since his retirement, he has focused on a limited amount of surfing competitions but rather focused his energy on free surfing. His remarkable skill is displayed in films, videos and surfing magazines and this allow him to remain in the eye of the public as well as one of surfing's favorite people.

Rob is the host and a participant in a yearly event, Rob Machado Surf Classic and Beach Fair, staged on his home ground. This amateur competition includes locals of any ages as well as demo sittings with professionals including Rob. He also spends time with his children to give them pointers and guidelines. A Queen and King is crowned for the best performances overall.

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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