Floatey Fish quad setup

Here’s an unorthodox quad setup for the Floatey Fish that works really well and is really drivey yet loose –

Neilson Surfboards Flying Floatey Fish - quad FCS fin setup

FCS G-CRV fins in the front (unfortunately these are discontinued, but can be found pretty easily used) and FCS GX (longboard side-bites) in the rear. This board has the FCS Fusion boxes which work well with EPS boards. The old style FCS were pretty much unusable in EPS without a lot of hassle, so it’s nice to have the option to put FCS in EPS boards.

It looks pretty crazy but the curved fins have a large base which provides a lot of drive and they also have a lot of cant which helps lift the tail and give the board a loose feel. The GX basically are back there to keep it from sliding out, but are easily over-powered for fun tail-release moves in small waves.

That’s the beauty of removable fins, you can swap them out and try all kinds of crazy different setups until you find something that’s right for you.


About neilsonsurfboards

I started shaping surfboards when I was 16 years old and ended up selling that first board to one of my neighbors. My big break came a few years later when I got a job shaping full time for Quiet Flight surfboards. I shaped about four thousand surfboards before burning out and leaving that company. At that point I went back to massage therapy full time and shaping surfboards part time for a few select surfers and close friends. After sailing the Caribbean for a year in 2000 when I came back I went back to shaping my own private label full time and doing massage therapy part time. The progression of names or labels was first “Sugar Cane” in the 70’s inspired by trips to Mexico and traveling in a bus cross country and seeing all the sugar cane growing there. Then “Quiet Flight” in the 80’s and then “Creative Visions” which then became “Neilson” surfboards in the 2000’s. I still make some boards using the Creative Visions name and unique mandala art work created by Courtney Davis. I’m up around the 10,000 mark for surfboards shaped and crazy as it sounds I’m still learning new things and still improving what I’m doing. Still love to surf and try and ride different shapes all the time! View all posts by neilsonsurfboards

One response to “Floatey Fish quad setup

  • Tom Neilson

    Fcs has started making a similar fin again but with a different material or construction method. So you can get a really similar feel of these original fins. They were never very popular as far as a fin model which is strange as they work really good. I love them in short boards as well.

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