By Doug from North Rocks, Australia – Just used the shinfin fins down at Gerroa a few weekends back. They work very well. Used them boogie boarding, snorkeling and body surfing. I usually wear a bootie or at least a neoprene sock. They feel like they provide similar propulsion as I get with my flippers. However the easier kicking motion used for shinfin propulsion really puts them far above the flippers. No more sore toe or foot joints. I was able to go all day with the shinfin fins without any soreness problem. I will use the fins for snorkeling from a sea kayak, and possibly wearing in a sea kayak to help recovery from a capsize. Good product.
By Jack from Perth, Western Australia – shinfin fins attracted me because I am a bodyboarder and want to get the power of fins but want to be able to stand on a sand bar still. They are ideal giving both that and freedom for feet. They are really fast and cut my paddling time in half. I will recommend these to all my surfing buddies. And by the way are you doing well with this product in the market because I think if more knew about them they would take off. I do a lot of bodyboarding normally going about 4 times a week. Some wild stuff yeah sometimes its too scary to stay out. They seem to get me further. I used Churchill fins before although they hurt like hell when you tried standing up. These are much comfier. When I tried them in the pool they were great, super fast. I love them in the pool and I’m in the pool almost everyday. Thank you for such a great product. Now I can swim faster.
By Liz from Guernsey, UK – I was given a pair of your shinfin fins for Christmas and I first want to say how great they are – have been using them bodyboarding and they are a fantastic step forward from old style fins. I’ve been using them at a place called Vazon Bay in Guernsey (one of the Channel Islands just off the coast of France). They seem to really add extra speed to bodyboarding. They’re especially great for getting some extra momentum going on waves that have almost been missed. Also make paddling out much easier which helps to catch those big waves. They definitely take some getting used to though – will try lifting my knees higher in the water to ease the drag in shallow water, as wading out was the only time when they seemed to have a downside (still much better than traditional ones though!). Have been paddling out lying horizontal on the board and the fins really add some power so it’s much less tiring on the legs and arms.
By Phil from Huntington Beach, California, USA – I wanted to get back to you on my shinfin fins. I really like the fact that when I am body surfing or bodyboarding in beach breaks, my feet can be free to move in shallow water. In real big surf, I can increase my propulsion greatly by putting on my regular foot propulsion fins also! Thanks for your nice product! I used to use the old Voit USA company UDT fins for many years. I don’t know if you have heard of them. They were real calf cramping fins! No more toe rash from those fins – your new idea is also ending any chance of toe rash! I always worried about toe scars getting infected and it finally happened in Hawaii once. I got growths that were hard to get treated. My shinfin fins tend to self-adjust to big wipeouts most times. My foot fins could come off at times and the propulsion you need is always missed after any big wipeout! Thanks for putting a great new fin on the surf market, you can use my testimonial if you wish.
By Anne (swim teacher & coach) from Kilmore, Victoria, Australia – I’m just back from a holiday at Cape Paterson, Victoria, and wanted to let you know that my shinfin fins were fantastic for surf swimming, body boarding and body surfing. Compared to “normal” fins I had less dramas getting into the surf, they were great to swim & paddle in, and they didn’t come off even when I wiped out. I also found them great when snorkelling – no leg cramps. Several people approached me to ask about the fins and seemed impressed with their performance. One lady in particular thought they may suit her needs as she has muscle wastage on one leg and liked the adjustable fit possible with shinfin fins. Another liked that they didn’t come off in the surf – she said she normally wears one flipper at a time to minimise the cost of losses in the surf. Others just wanted see what they were. I passed on your website details, so hope you get some further enquiries.
By Tom from San Diego, USA – I will be using them primarily for body surfing, bodyboarding, and fitness swimming. I’ve had to limit my surfing due to a bad hip but still “need to get in the water.” I have consistently had to tolerate uncomfortable and painful fins (since my pals and I shared our first pair of duck-feet back in the sixties. I’m hopeful your product will provide some welcome relief. The fins work great and the level of comfort is excellent. Finally the limiting factor isn’t pain in my feet. Much different feel from traditional fins, but this is a good thing. I also feel they are more helpful for use with my hip. Rather than stressing all the other joints as regular fins did, pressure is concentrated in a more natural area. I’m still experimenting with adjustment and placement for best performance in surf.
By Jeremy from Emerald Beach, Australia – I am always happy to give feedback for a great product. I have been progressing well and find them really great fun and definitely less tiring to wear than my old fins. Still get looks from the locals!! I am finding that they certainly give me more power in my kick-strokes but best suited to the bodyboarding for me so far. I think the fins give a more consistent and stronger thrust.
By Bill from Christchurch, New Zealand – For me the biggest advantage with shinfin fins is that I no longer suffer strains in the tendons/ligaments in my feet as I did with the flippers when bodyboarding. Sometimes it would take almost a week to recover from a foot strain with the flippers. Secondly I like the fact that I can walk around with them on both on land and in shallow water. It’s a little bit awkward but almost nothing compared to flippers. So they are safer than flippers in that respect. One other advantage is that I think it is unlikely someone would loose a shinfin fin if it was put on correctly. They seem very secure. While I’ve never lost a flipper while bodyboarding, I know people who have. On balance shinfin fins are a substantial improvement over conventional flippers for bodyboarding and I would not go back.