Lately I’ve been riding a Malcolm Campbell twin fin with a Bonzer Light bottom on it. The thing is just so fun, I’m having trouble getting off of it. Super fast, super loose, it’s just butter. I’ve always had an affinity for twin fins. For me the downside of a twin was always the point at which you were forced OFF of the twin. I can transition from a thruster to a bonzer to a quad in any combination without a whole lot of trouble. I can even transition from any of those to a twin without much difficulty. The problem for me always became transitioning OFF of the twin in say 6 to 10 foot faces, otherwise known as the point at which I typically got forced off of my twin fins. Ten foot faces is not the place where I want to start having problems transitioning to a different surfboard.
Now almost all of my twin fins have had a small wave focus. There was one attempt at a twin step up ( a long time ago) but it had limited success. I have no idea what the max size is for the board I am riding, but considering it was made with an every-day California type focus, it would be reasonable to expect a point of difficulty with increasing size.
Which brings me to the step up twin fin concept. Now I know Akila Aipa has made twin fin guns with success. Greg Griffin of course springs to mind, as does Greg Webber. Forum member Bud 808 seems to be experimenting with some twins and I’m sure he has pushed his boards into some larger waves. I have never picked up a Griffin, but I gather he is a straight V kind of guy and gets solid results with that. I saw some stuff Greg Webber did a while back that had deep double concaves running through the whole board. Akila Aipa, I have seen only very small pictures of his stuff, but of course he has it under his own feet as well as Dave R’s. They must be working. And of course you can’t talk about twins without talking about Mark Richards boards. And how could I leave out Tomo? JJR let me look over one of his personals and...
So whatdaya know? Experiences, pictures, theories, criticism whatever. Bring it on. Oh, and “twins” with a stabilizer? Real twin fins have two fins. Or do they? Seems to me at some point the board should work as a stand-alone twin. Having the option of a removable trailer to extend range (or tame down that unwanted backside off the top reverse I seem to get in bigger waves) is probably an option to consider.
So show me your twins.
EDIT: Just for the hell of it, this is a cave painting of me riding a Steve Huerta twin fin some time in the late Pleistocene age. (otherwise known as the 80's)