6'6" DAVE PARMENTER V6 SINGLE FINDave Parmenter
As a surfboard design the single-fin has always been maligned by the myth that they are ‘stiff’ handling surfboards. Actually, they are much looser than multi-fin boards, though the rider must really know how to surf to get them moving in ordinary conditions. You cannot simply pump away with Thruster body English and get them up on step. In fact, that is one of the main reasons singles are in fashion again – they teach you how to surf properly, using the rails and trim, and tapping energy zones on the wave unreachable on the tri-fin with it’s power-giving but grabby side fins. Many younger surfers are discovering the single-fin for the very reason that it lets them ‘feel’ the wave in an entirely way, with almost LSD-like sensation and clarity.
Ride them full-vintage or in modern configurations, either way the single-fin allows the experienced surfer a limitless array of tracks on a wave, with an enhanced tactility of control in tight spots, and with Michael Peterson-like riffs that have you kicking out thinking, “What was that!”
Standard Dimensions for typical 50/50 Retro/Modern blend:
Channel bottoms come in all sorts of lengths, depths, and widths. And with many rationales. My own design theory is to arrange the depths and lengths somewhat unequally and in conjunction with the fin so that the grip tied in to a back foot used to Thrusters; and also especially that the channels never extend out of the influence of the back foot.