4.5" Soft Flex Center Fin
Specially designed for river running, this fin fits in the center fin box on the Rivershred or any board equipped with a standard US longboard center fin box. The material is very flexible with a raked shape that reduces the chance of damage to your board and of supermanning into the river if you hit a rock.FEATURES
// SKU BF3-00016-00
// UPC 859933007149
// Standard longboard finbox compatable
// River running
- fiberglass fin
Bought fin for use in shallow low tide area and wanted flexibility in case of impacts. This fin fits the task perfectly. Would recommend.
Just right for shallow, unpredictable rivers and lakes
Was stoked to find this fin for my prone paddleboard. The rigid, longer (>8-inch) fins I used for ocean paddling were taking a beating on the rocky edges of lakes and rivers. The length and flexibility of the 4.5" Soft Flex Center Fin is just what I needed. The purchase, checkout, and delivery experience were all best in class. Badfish will be my go-to for any future gear needs.
I discovered the existence of this fin while trying to setup an old board up better for Florida spring fed rivers. I'm so glad you make it; I was about to chop up some generic amazon fin. We even ended up a surf traveler once we realized the shallow realm was kinda your thing!
Great help on shallow beaches
We live near and paddle in one of the world’s largest fresh water lakes, with miles of white sand beaches. That’s almost all awesome!…except that you can walk out into the water 100 feet and still not be even knee deep, which doesn’t work well when trying to paddle with conventional 9 and 10” fins. This 4.5” fin is a huge fix for our only paddling woe. Now we can start paddling much closer to shore, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well the board tracks, and how stable it remains with the shorter fin. Does it track as well as a 9” fin, and provide the same stability? No. But it’s more than a fair compromise for us and provides (in our completely unscientific estimation) maybe 3/4’s the tracking and stability with WAY more usability for our situation. Of note, we also bought the 3” fin and while it also works well the increased tracking and stability of the 4.5” fin compared to the 3” is noticeable. We’re happy to have both and in super shallow conditions are happy to use the 3”, but the 4.5” is our go-to option when conditions allow.
I popped a finbox clean out of my 7'6" MVP because I was running a 9" rigid fiberglass fin on it (terrible, terrible idea). After repairing the board and kicking myself for being too lazy/ cheap to buy the proper fin, I bit the bullet and finally picked up this guy. Totally worth it. No more flying over the handlebars every time I bump into something, and even better, no more broken finboxes! A proper longboard fin is worth the investment, as it is much less susceptible to being lost compared to the side FCS-type tab fins. I wouldn't be surprised if this fin outlives my board.