The ‘Twin + 2’ is Kelly Slater’s latest addition to his ENDORFINS fin line– a Twin Fin set packaged with two separate trailing options for the thruster box.
From Kelly: “Istarted surfing on twin fins and obviously as surfing transitioned in the early 80’s to thrusters, I went along with it. Over the years I have dabbled in twin fins, but only recently have I spent much time really refining board and fin designs for a performance twin. This fin design is what I settled on while wanting tight, in the pocket surfing and not the feeling of having too much fin.”
Setting this self-designed Twin Fin / Trailer combination apart from others in Kelly’s history is optionality - the two twin fins come packaged with two separate trailer options; the larger ‘Stabilizer’ trailer enables more drive and hold while the smaller ‘Guitar Pick’ trailer creates a freer experience, with less directional drive and more slide, second only to the uninhibited lateral freedom of surfing the Twin + 2 as a pure Twin Fin.
Each trailer option can also be used together with any other fin set, for example the Stabilizer or Guitar Pick can be used in the thruster box of the KS1 Quad set.
Regarding the Twin + 2 template shape and size, Kelly says he believes in “Thesmaller the wave, the larger the fin theory” describing the way that small wave surfing benefits from larger fins with high surface area, but as a fin designer, he’s also mindful of all-around performance, continuing that: “I wanted something that would also handle higher speed waves. This template provides me the best of both worlds, being enough in a small, flat wave (especially with the hybrid thruster trailing fin options) and not too much fin at higher speeds.”
The Twin Plus Two is at surf shops and online stores globally, and listening to Kelly, it sounds like this fin set will be an increasingly important part of his fin quiver in coming years.
“Twin fin surfing requires a different approach to using the rail and pushing or holding back a touch on your turns and I believe it’s an essential board design for everyone’s quiver. I foresee myself spending more time in the remaining years of my surfing riding twin fins than traditional performance boards and it makes me excited for small wave surfing more than I’ve felt in years. “
The first set of keels I rode were on a Skip Frye fish around the time we were filming Seedling - they were hand foiled Larry Gephart fins that I think were referred to as 'straight backs'. Basically, they looked like plywood that someone cut out and foiled; they were beautiful. And that's what originally sparked my imagination as far as fishes and keels go.
I got into experimenting with variety of fish shapes shortly after and that was when my approach towards keel fins really started.
My focus today is on having a blend of performance interwoven into the traditional feelings of a keel fin set. For example, I've moved away from super wide bases and towards more curve in the trailing edge. Overall, my goal with this new fin set today was to find something that gives you all the positive sensations of having a traditional keel, but toned down so it isn't so trackey and drivey - I wanted something that would loosen up and liven up in the pocket when you want them to.
What I love most about this new fin set is the way it holds a line and feels locked into speed sections, but it also pivots off of a track and livens up in the pocket when you want to. A lot of this comes from the way I designed the foil.
I designed this new fin with the Too Fish in mind, but also with the intent to make something so versatile that it can work in any twin fin shape you like. To be honest I've been riding them in the Sunday a lot as well as the Midas, and also in some twin fin step ups I've been experimenting with recently.
The lesson I've learned over the past year of developing these fins is that there are more uses for twin fin keels than we think - so get creative. Don't be scared.
Very happy with how these fins came out and I'm stoked to see them at Surf Shops everywhere.