Twin Fin boards are the funnest boards you can ride. Anyone who argues that is probably still in their high performance phase of ‘the only boards that matter’ journey, we’ve all been there. Twin fin boards get you out there when it’s crappy, when it’s good, when it’s just an escape to try something different. Marvellous additions to your quivers, everyone should have one in their rotation.
The earliest documented twin fin surfboard is probably a model built by Tom Blake, possibly in Hawaii, circa 1943. Probably unaware of Blake’s example, Bob Simmons in California developed a multi fin design in 1948. He only manufactured a small number of his long based Twin fin model but, like most of his innovations, the long term impact was considerable. Riding twin fins will get you a ton more speed, and even some amazing feeling of drive on the right one, they get challenging on your backhand or when it’s a big bigger (but that’s where the fun comes in – trying to ride it!)
This Twin Fin Buyers Guide isn’t exhaustive by any means, it’s basically a run down of what I own or want to own/test out. Have at it, email me if you think we skipped, missed or don’t know of someone who’s making amazing Twins.