Surfers are a notoriously thrifty bunch. We’re the kind of people who’ll make our own wax, find a good deal on a board, and try to fix our own dings. But there’s one thing we’re not so good at: the price of surfboard fins. Fins are the most expensive part of a surfboard, and the more expensive the fin, the more performance it usually offers. Why are fins so expensive?

Surfboard Fins
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Surfboard fins are usually made of fiberglass, which is an expensive material to manufacture. There are a lot of processes that go into making a surfboard fin. 

 The material that surfboard fins are made of has a big impact on the board’s performance. Fin material can be made of a variety of materials, including fiberglass, epoxy, and polyester. The most popular material for surfboard fins is fiberglass, which is lightweight and strong. Epoxy  is a space-age material that is both lightweight and strong. Many surfboard fin brands have begun to use epoxy in their boards created with exotic materials like carbon fiber and E-Glue. These surfboard fins are stronger, lighter, and more costly. Meanwhile, material like uni-strut, fiberglass, and fiberglass/polyurethane blend is composed of materials that have been pre-impregnated with resin. The material itself is not pre-impregnated with resin. Rather, the resin is added after the board’s components are put together. This material is less expensive than epoxy and fiberglass, but it is still a relatively high-quality material. We sell many surfboards that are made with this material.

I think, you have got your answer “why Surfboard Fins are expensive? ”  And the material that surfboard fins are made of has a big impact on the board’s performance.

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