Cool Examples of 3D Printed Surf Fins

3D printing is taking over the consumer market. More and more people are finding out about this cool “new” technology. 3D printing actually began in the 1980s, but only gained massive popularity recently after a popular 3D printing technology patent expired, which happened in 2009. Before that, 3D printers cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase. After the patent expired, manufacturers were able to create cheaper 3D printing machines, which allowed regular consumers to be able to afford it.

3D printing enables us to print virtually anything we can imagine and that includes surf fins and surfing board parts! Here are some cool examples of 3D printed surf fins:

This orange colored fin has a simple design and is very light. A little bit hollow, this 3D printed fin is a product of a Dutch company called Westkust. They believe that surfing should have a more open-source mentality.  With that in mind, this model is good enough, but those who are able to use a 3D modeling software and has a knowledge and know-how in building surf fins can definitely improve it further.

This is another cool 3D printed surf fin! It was inspired and modeled after a Humpback whale. This is a hollow, Warp Drive BLEF foiled surfboard fin. It looks thick and durable, but the material is actually very flexible. This fin mimics the skin of Humpbacks and gives it a realistic feel. It’s like having a hunchback fin attached to your surfboard! 3D printing certainly gives you more ways to realize your creations.

This one has a very cool and interesting design. The materials used for this fin are PET and PLA. While the author initially thought that PLA may warp from the sun, it actually hasn’t after a few months of use. This proves that this surfboard fin has provided the unique design and robustness that you can never find if you just look for replacement fins from shops and stores. If you want to print yourself a copy of the fin, you can grab the files here.

These are gull-wing 3D printed fins. If you are a fan of seagulls and/or loves to surf in a seagull filled area, then you will surely love this one. The shape captures the wings of seagulls perfectly. The tall design makes this fin excellent for beginners.

This 3D printed fin, on the other hand, boasts a very common and simple design. The purpose of this one is to show that 3D printing technology allows anyone and everyone to put their ideas to life and to be able to create replacement parts with or without personalization, tweaks, or customization to make it truly yours.

Now this one looks really elegant! The silver design looks very high end and it looks like a premium fin. Best way to print this kind of fin is to use a high-end filament, which you can buy locally or from online stores like 3D Printing Canada. These kinds of fins cost around $75, but I’ll tell you that you’ll certainly pay much cheaper if you 3D print it, plus you can print other stuff! You can grab its file here.

Focus on Core Muscles in the Gym to Improve Your Surfing Ability

surfing2A lot of people generally think that surfers automatically develop their amazing physique by just doing the sport itself. What they don’t know is that these surfers, professional or amateur, work on their bodies by having their own private fitness training. We must not forget that having a good body build is equivalent to a better chance of performing well in the sport. Surfing entails the use of the body as a whole which demands a lot of work in its different parts. Fortunately, gyms like Soul Fitness  offers customized and effective personal training to help you achieve your specific needs.

A well-balanced work out is essential to keep the body in its optimal functioning. However, additional workload and discipline is demanded from athletes like surfers. These individuals are expected to have the perfect combination of flexibility and balance in addition to the upper body, lower body and core strength in order to be on successful in the field. Improving core muscle strength can significantly improve  surfing ability for the following reasons mentioned below.
> Spinal Stability

When working on your core, the back and forth motion helps keep your spine straight and aligned. Having the ability to be adept with these movements will lessen the chances of pain and injury. These workouts are to be done gradually to develop control over the area. Being able to maintain proper spine alignment while surfing is key to avoid snaps and strains that may hinder you from stepping up in the game.

> Balance

One can never be successful in surfing if he doesn’t have the ability to gain balance over the surf board . Once you get on your feet, you have to balance as fast as you can to help you get up and enjoy the successive waves. Apart from being able to isolate the upper body movement from your lower body movement, core stability will help you stay in place while the strong waves and winds are trying to drag you down.

> Flexibility

Surfing involves a lot of twisting, rotating and balancing that’s why flexibility is important. Learning how to maneuver your body properly can add up to your stability and power. Your spine’s flexibility spares abuse of your knees and hips when handling the load during the whole process.

hard-core-training-2_04The main point of a comprehensive personal training  is to effectively stabilize the spine and to gain proper core control. This will help in maximizing your surfing skill and potential. Just don’t forget to put your core training towards the end of your workout because it can be very intense and exhausting. Some effective core workouts include back extensions, squats and stability ball twists and exercises. With enough patience and motivation, you will eventually get to develop your abdominal, back and shoulder muscles. Learning new tricks and techniques will be easier than when you had so little control over your body. Surely, you will appreciate the improvement in your surfing ability through core training.