Kyle has a lot of fun stand up surfing with shinfinTM fins on his shortboard. With shinfinTM fins, he can still stand on his shortboard. They help him catch waves more easily and also let him rest his arms going back out. He really enjoys the balanced workout, kicking with his legs and paddling with his arms. Furthermore, they stop his lower back getting sore. (This used to happen when he just paddled just with his arms, without fins.) So he can stay out longer to catch more waves and have more fun. He also finds them great fins for body surfing, especially the way they encourage kicking from his hips.
Kyle’s review from Ventura, USA
“I rode my surfboard with your shinfinTM fins twice last weekend and had a lot of fun. Really enjoyed the balanced, full body workout. My body felt better after surfing, whereas previously, often my lower back would be sore after surfing for a long time. Although I didn’t surf for a long time, the way my back felt after surfing with your shinfinTM fins makes me expect to not be sore after surfing for hours. I also appreciated the chance to rest my arms while paddling back out. My 5’10” fish needs repair, so I rode my 6’8″ and duck diving it was no problem. I’m very happy with the purchase. Oh and I do believe they helped me catch waves more easily!”
Kyle’s review: Fins for shortboard stand up surfing
“I’m planning on using them stand up surfing a shortboard. I’m 6’1″ and I have a 5’10” fish I think will give my feet enough room in the water to work. Have you gotten any feedback from people trying them out surfing?”
Yes, we have had some feedback from stand up surfers and more from kneeboarders and bodyboarders. I recommend getting used to the streamlined kick first with normal freestyle swimming. It is a proper swimmers’ kick with power from your thighs, buttocks and torso. Without bending your knees too much like people do with foot flippers. It can take a while to strengthen for this kick.
Then transfer this technique to your shortboard. The trick is to keep your legs horizontal, which may mean adjusting your balance position on the board. Your thighs should be at the back of your shortboard. Lie horizontal on the board and kick and paddle at the same time. Once you get the hang of that, you can share the power between your arms and legs and go faster to catch the waves.
“I am anticipating that I may not be able to use them effectively to catch waves at first, or maybe ever. (Note that later, Kyle did find they helped him to catch waves more easily – see below.) But I hope to use my feet to paddle back out, saving my arms for catching waves, and to get a more full body work out with them.”
Perhaps you could let me know how you get on with the fins for your stand up surfing on your shortboard please.
“I received the shinfinTM fins in the mail today! I’m looking forward to taking them to the beach tomorrow 🙂 I’m planning on bringing some silicone based lubricant to apply to the tops of my toes and feet to keep the shinfinTM fins from catching on them when I stand up on my board (although that may not be an issue once they’re wet).”
Thanks for letting me know. I look forward to hearing from you.
“Hey Marc, I didn’t make it to the beach on Saturday but I did yesterday and body surfed some small waves with my 5 year old and realized how out of shape I am! They definitely encourage you to kick from the hip in a way that feels great. I am looking forward to using them again soon and building up my hip flexors and core muscles and finding out how they work with a board!”
Yes, the kick from the hip does feel good and will also strengthen you for a proper swimming kick and speed up your swimming. But it can take a little while to strengthen. I’m looking forward to hearing how you go with them on your board. Any questions just ask – I’m here to help.
“I rode my surfboard with your shinfinTM fins twice last weekend and had a lot of fun. Really enjoyed the balanced, full body workout. My body felt better after surfing, whereas previously, often my lower back would be sore after surfing for a long time. Although I didn’t surf for a long time, the way my back felt after surfing with your shinfinTM fins makes me expect to not be sore after surfing for hours.”
“I also appreciated the chance to rest my arms while paddling back out. My 5’10” fish needs repair, so I rode my 6’8″ and duck diving it was no problem. Except for when a fin would periodically get twisted around my shin. Standing up was a little tricky, as the fins made my feet resist flexing a bit. And I remember standing on the fin a couple times, but was able to adjust. Maybe it was the one that got twisted? I was surfing 3′ semi mushy waves, but I think that with practice I’ll be able to use them to my advantage in bigger, more hollow surf.”
“I’m very happy with the purchase.”
“Oh and I do believe they helped me catch waves more easily!”
That’s good that you got on so well during your first two goes with your surfboard. Yes, using your arms and legs together (i.e. doing full-stroke freestyle on your surfboard) balances the effort between your arms and legs. It also reduces the bend and strain in your lower back, as you found. Giving your arms a rest by just kicking for a while also gives your back a rest. All this can help you to stay out longer and catch more waves.
You’re right, standing up with the fins can take a bit of practice. It sounds like you are already nearly there.
The twisting of one of your fins should be easy to fix. I suspect it just needs to be strapped on your leg symmetrically. It is important to buckle the outside strap to the correct length for your leg. Then you just leave it buckled. Then put the fin on and buckle the inside strap to the same length. If the two strap lengths are too different then the fin can twist sideways, regardless of how much you tighten the inside strap. In other words, both halves of the strap need to be buckled to about the same length.
Also, the straps should cross over just above your ankle so they are secure around the narrow part of your leg. Then the fins can’t slide up or down and loosen. The fins are designed to pull away from your leg on the up-kick. But the fins and straps should not slide around your leg when they are set securely. They can twist a bit if you get seriously dumped by a wave. But you can quickly yank them back into position with your hands.
“Thank you for the tips. Yes, you have my permission to use my words on your website.”
Thank you for your kind permission Kyle. Personal recommendation is very important to help a new product like this along, so I really appreciate it. The shinfinTM word is spreading well thanks to people like you.
You can have a lot of fun stand up surfing with shinfinTM fins on your shortboard. They help you catch waves more easily and also let you rest your arms going back out. Enjoy the balanced workout, paddling with your arms and kicking with your legs. What’s more, they will probably stop your lower back getting sore, which often happens when paddling surfboards just with your arms. So, with shinfinTM fins, you can still stand on your shortboard, stay out longer, catch more waves and have more fun.
You will also find them powerful body surfing fins, as demonstrated in this review about easier walking, standing and manoeuvring, especially as they encourage kicking from your hips. Another review shows their faster paddling and wave catching when used as bodyboarding fins.