Yes, Papa, if you don't have good fins for your race board you are wasting your time. The fins are driving the board designs and the board designs are driving the fins designs as well. Right now it is a massive evolution and we will see some amazing performance in Kite racing in the next year.
That is why Curtis of Curtis Fins, the fin guru and I are starting a new/old fin company. We will launch our new web site in the next few weeks.
Curtis Hesselgrave is the man when it comes to fin ideas for surfers, windsurfe4rs and kitesurfers.(Curtis helped Future Fins get up and running) modern Tow-in surfing legends- Laird Hamilton, Darrick Dorner, Jeff Clark, Peter Mell, Jerry Lopez, Sunny Garcia, Stretch etc. all ride his fins. Curtis designed the Future Vector Fins, etc., he makes custom fins for Rusty.... Speed windsurfers: Curtis has worked with Pascal Maka, Jimmy Lewis, Eric Beale: Windsurf course racing and slalom fins-worked a lot with Sven Rassmussen and Jim Drake of Starboard, and the likes of Dunkerbeck, Kevin and Matt Pritchard, Phil McGain, Bruce Wylie, Bruce Peterson, Ken Winner, Roberts etc; Speed kitesurfers - Rob Douglas ( Curtis, Rob Douglas and I designed and tested the second fastest speed fins for speed kiteboarding and the first kite speed fins to break the outright World Speed Record) Jamie Douglas and now kite race board fins.
Basically all of guys who run kiteboard and windsurf board companies have worked with Curtis Hesselgrave. Curtis made most of my fins for my 20 years as a professional windsurfer as well and our relationship goes back to the late 1980's. Curtis is the guy with the most experience....
Right now we are working with World Champion in Kite Course Racing, Sean Farley and female World Champ Steph Bridges and Second in the Worlds Chip Wasson as well as top kite and windsurf shaper, Mike Zajicek of Mike's Lab fame.
It's a fun time to be in the fin design game, and we look forward to making the most high performance fins available to all kiters. We are also working on a new kiteboard fin box similar the the current windsurf "Tuttle" fin box. This new box will be lighter, just as strong and will be adjustable as well.
The sport is growing in so many directions and we are challenged to keep up with the latest developments.
Keep an eye out as we will launch the new web site by the end of the month.....www.curtisfins.com
Lots of Gebi and Curtis as well.