George Greenough 4-C Red 9.5"

George Greenough 4-C Red 9.5"

$144.95Price

Designer - George Greenough...

Type - Single Fin...

Design - Stage 6...

Size - 9.5" 4C...

Colour - Burgundy...

Image example only...

Made in the USA...

Manufaturer True Ames...

Comes With Felt Cover 

 

Description - As the predecessor to the 4A, this template is important. It was conceived in the early ‘70s and is a direct descendent from the original Stage 4 that swept the surfing world. We offer this fin to be used as you see fit. Positive reports have come in from a wide range of applications. We'll just say this is one of the most classic, fundamental designs of a single fin for longboards… ever!!

 

About the designer.

Greenough is credited for the design of the modern surf fin as well as with influencing modern surfing's more radical maneuvers. The newer shortboards were built specifically to copy the same style of banking turns and fast down the line attitude that Greenough was known for.[5] Greenough started to shape his first boards out of balsa wood in his high school woodshop.

 

He started out as a stand-up surfer in the 1950s but began switching between kneeboarding and an air-inflated mattress in 1961; according to Greenough, these gave him a heightened sense of speed that came from a lowered body position. The famous 'spoon' board was created in 1961, "a blunt-nosed balsa kneeboard, 5 feet long and 23 inches wide, with a dished-out midsection and tail that slimmed down to a mere half-inch thickness."

 

He replaced the normal fin of the day, a massive 10-inch protrusion, with a smaller (almost by a third) flexible swept-back model he had copied from the shape of the rear dorsal fin of a tuna. This design had the effect of reducing drag and increasing the handling capabilities of the board; the new surfboard fin, which Greenough called a "high aspect ratio fin", was an elegantly functional piece of equipment, but took around three years to become popular.[6] 

In 1964 Greenough traveled to Australia, where he showed the local surfers his wave riding style of sharp bottom turns and deep barrel rides.

 

He influenced Nat Young, who used Greenough's fin design and won the 1966 world surfing championships in San Diego, California, thus ushering in an era in surfing history in which the Australians emerged as a dominant force.[7] Young described Greenough as "The greatest surfer in the world today,"[8] After this first visit to Australia, Greenough shaped a board which he explained as the next step in the progression of surfing, "a fish moves when he swims… so why not make a whole board that moves when it's on a wave?" The board he created had multiple layers of fiberglass shaped like the old balsa kneeboards he rode, a glued-on ridge of polyurethane foam on top of the deck near the rails and nose with the back end of the board made entirely of fiberglass; the final piece to the board was his signature "flex-fin".

 

The board was so small and light that it was not very good to ride in small surf; only in big surf did the board reveal its performance abilities and allow Greenough to maneuver on waves with more power and speed than with previous designs—"Greenough was riding like a visitor from ten years in surfing's future. He cranked out bottom turns where his board tilted up almost 90 degrees…" In 1966 Greenough made his second board which he nicknamed the 'Velo' for velocity.