Fins are way over rated—especially on a Mini Simmons.
My take has always been smaller and lower with fins on the Mini but Tom Wegener has taken the ‘less fin argument’ a few steps forward in his almost fin-less chinned vacuum creation.
Tom Wegener, shaper of the year in Australia, says he got the idea from the rails on a boogie board with “chinned vacuum rails.” He then accentuated the fin set-up with tiny little pegs—forget the keels on this design.
Essentially the idea is that the built-in chinned rail acts as a fin through the length of the board giving some stability through turns and maneuvers.
In fact, this rail replaces the necessity for the traditional keel fin set-up and allows the surfer to pull off radical 360 style maneuvers with ease (see video below).
More on Tom Wegener here.
Dane Reynolds (born September 7, 1985 in Long Beach, California) is a professional surfer from Ventura, California. He is known for his “go for broke” style of surfing that includes many experimental and aerial maneuvers.
Reynolds started surfing at the age of 10 after he moved from Bakersfield, California to Ventura. It was here on the point breaks around Santa Barbara and Ventura that he honed his progressive style of surfing. Reynolds first started competing at age 13 and at 16 had dropped out of school to surf.
Reynolds competed in the 2003 and 2004 X-Games and received the highest single wave score both years. The 2008 ASP World Tour marked his rookie year on the esteemed tour after finishing 2nd on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) behind Jordy Smith. His ranking on the WCT in 2008 was 19th with 4066 points, then he moved up to the coveted “Top Ten” (10th) in 2009 with 5219 points. In 2010 Reynolds had a breakout year, ending up tied for fourth in the 2010 ASP World Tour with Taj Burrow. His 2011 tour started disappointly missing the first three events due to a knee injury.