SUP Fin Setup
Like I mentioned before, fins are located at the tail, on the bottom of the board. Typically, you will see one or three fins on SUPs. Our fins are removable, so you can choose your setup. For flat water SUP, three fins will give you more stability, while just using the center fin will give you more speed. When you’re starting out, don’t be too fussed about fins. As long as you have one or three on your board, you’re good to go. If you have a choice, beginners should start with a three fin setup for maximum stability. As you progress, you can see if you prefer one or three.
Leashes on Standup Paddleboards
An important but sometimes overlooked part of a SUP setup is the leash. The leash sits on the deck of the board at the tail end and attaches to your ankle with a velcro strap. The leash is there to teether you to the board, so if you do fall off, the board stays with you and you’ll be in control of it. This might not seem necessary when you’re on flat water, but you’d be amazed at how fast a board can drift away in even calm conditions. I always wear my leash when I’m on my board. It’s comfortable and there’s no reason not to wear one.