Made up of 4 fin templates, the FCS II Essential Series was originally introduced to demystify the process of finding the right fin to compliment the waves you ride, and the type of performance you want to achieve. Each fin has a purpose, and every design element is infused into the fin for a reason. The Essential Series comes in 3 different constructions, with each construction delivering a different feel in the water.
- Performance Core Carbon (PCC)
- Performance Core (PC)
- NEO Glass
Performance Core Carbon (PCC)
Our premium Performance Core Carbon (PCC) range has been updated with new materials and an exciting ‘Linear Flex’ pattern making each fin faster and even more responsive. How did we do this? Our internal carbon frames have been re-engineered to distribute stiffness and flex where it’s needed most. This means the flex is perfectly suited to each template and the intended performance of the fin.
We’ve also replaced the carbon at the base of the fins with Innegra inserts to achieve a more holistic flex along the entire length of the fin without sacrificing strength. In laymen’s terms, rather than having a fin that simply bends, this new ‘Linear Flex’ we’ve created produces a 3D twist & roll action to better harness energy as the surfer pushes against the fin.
The result is more speed and a smoother feel as you drive through a turn, and quicker response when making tight directional changes.
Performance Core (PC)
Our Performance Core (PC) range has also been updated with a larger hex core which makes the fins lighter with a softer flex delivering a more forgiving, and consistent feel.
NEO Glass (NEO)
NEO Glass is unchanged in its high fiberglass formulation, offering a premium feel at an affordable price.
If you’re in the ‘Advance +’ category, you like to push hard through turns, and want a fin that offers immediate response, then Performance Core Carbon (PCC) construction is right for you.
‘Intermediate +’ surfers will benefit from Performance Core (PC) construction which offers a consistent feel in a range of conditions, and is more forgiving to help you maintain speed as you execute turns.
NEO Glass is a great option for ‘Novice +’ and also ‘Intermediate +’ surfers looking for a more affordable option, but don’t necessarily want to sacrifice on performance.
Use the new FCS II Fin Finder to find the fins best suited to your surfing.
SurFebruary is a fun annual event in February, where participants raise money for cancer research by catching a wave or getting in the water every day – rain, hail or shine.
This episode sees Rich catch up with Mick Fanning on his recent trip to the US to chat about what he’s been riding, the development of his iconic fin template and how he came to embrace the FCS II system.