Yesterday the wind was really light and I was having a tough time keeping speed up. I had to find a way to build more speed when the wind was mellow like this. So today my Dad and I brought a bigger fin with! I went from a 24 cm fin to a 28. A bigger fin should produce more lift, quicker planning, and more speed in light wind. On my first run I noticed a big difference! The speed coming out of my jibes was faster, I could get planning faster, and my over-all speed was above and beyond what I had with my old fin.
There was only one problem, I was tail walking like a madman! At one point I was coming in over a small wave preparing to gain downhill speed but instead my nose went straight up into the air and my tail went slamming into the water! Trying to play it off and keep up my cool factor I leaned hard on my front foot in midair and ended up putting myself in an even worse, and more awkward, position! My board blew downwind and my outside rail came this close to catching! The whole thing looking a bit like trying to balance on a seesaw while some one is jerking it up and down... trust me I’ve been there too! After that I told my Dad it was perfect! I guess that when you’re racing, the edge of control is a good place to be!