With the expansion of our board line, Hala Gear is offering more fin options than ever before! We’ve taken much of the guesswork out of selecting fins by specializing fin types to models with their intended application. Which is right for you? To break it down, there are 4 fin types offered across Hala’s new line.
Stompbox™ – The Stompbox™ is an industry leading innovation available only from Hala Gear that comes standard on board models that are intended for river running; the Atcha 86, Atcha, and some new arrivals to our line, the Rado and Radito. In combination with lower profile fixed or bite fins, the Stompbox™ is your ticket to reduced anxiety when running shallow rivers. When it comes into contact with rocks or the river bottom, this spring loaded fin retracts into the board, allowing the board to pass over many obstructions that would normally cause the rider to fall forward (or “Superman”) off the board.
4.5” Gummy Click Fins & 1.5” Low Pro Bite Fins – These fin options are featured on our river surfers, the Gram, Milligram, and Peño, as well as the Atcha/Atcha 86, Luya, Carbon Hoss, Carbon Straight Up, and Carbon Playa. Bite fins and the Kumano fin box system (compatible with Hala Click Fins and FCS fins) allow for ultimate customization of your fin setup. Fins offered include 4.5” gummy bite fins that offer a degree of pliability if they come into contact with rocks, or 1.5” low-pro fins (available exclusively from Hala) meant for extra tracking during low water runs in conjunction with the Stompbox™. Especially with river surfers, the ability to customize your fin configuration is essential to fine tuning your setup to the wave you are trying to ride, flow, and tricks you may be trying on a wave. For high flows, try all 5 Bite fins for ultimate control, or loosen things up for carving and run a thruster (3 rear fin) setup – also ideal for lower flows. For throwing freestyle river surfing tricks where you may intend to spin the board onto its rails, stick with two fins and remove the middle fin from the rear of the board.
The “Unbreakable” Fixed Fins – This lower tech, but higher durability setup is ideal for those who have no preference on their fin configuration. These non-removable fixed fins are available this year on the Hala Rado & Radito in the new lower-profile 3” size, or on the Fame, Daze, Asana, Rival Hoss & Rival Straight Up in the classic 4.5” size. As the name suggests, these fins are very durable, and stand up to whatever beating is thrown their way.
Center Fin Box – Our last offering for fin configuration is a universal fin box that comes standard on many paddleboard models across a variety of brands. This is a longer fin box that can accept a variety of fin sizes – 3” Gummy, 4.5” Gummy, 8” Gummy, or 9” Race fins. This fin box is ideal for flatwater applications, or high flow SUP racing on rivers where larger fins are necessary for taking the scoop out of your paddle stroke for maximum forward power. This year, we are offering this fin box on the Nass-T, Nass 12’6”, Carbon Playa, and Gram.