I’m a bit of a fin hoarder… er um, collector… and earlier this year I added a pair of Da Fin surf fins to my collection. Da Fins come out of Hawaii and are really popular with Lifeguards and bodysurfers. They’re the fin of choice for one of my favorites, Mark Cunningham. I had prior experience with Da Fin when I borrowed a pair from my friend Jason last year. The good news was I really liked kicking with them, the bad news was that they chewed up the top of my foot. The edge of the foot pocket on top of my foot ate me up and I still have some fun scars on both feet from that. Undeterred I impulsively bought a pair for myself at a surf shop in Pismo one day. This pair was either much kinder to my feet, or my feet were much tougher from all the abuse they’d take since the last time I used a pair of Da Fins.
After playing with them for a while they became my go to fins for bodysurfing. I like how they kick, they’re comfortable on me, I can walk fairly easily in them and I catch waves when I wear them. Da Fin has managed to make a really rigid fin with a nice foot pocket, not the easiest thing to do. I don’t like them as much for bodyboarding however. They work but I feel that my Churchills and Redleys do a better job with that sport. The one thing I would change if I could is the location of the draining holes on the bottom. You get one big hole and 3 small one which is good, but they’re at about the middle of the foot pocket. I prefer the holes to be closer to the front of the pocket like they are on Toobs Bluntcut fins.
If you like to bodysurf definitely give these a look, they run $60+ but I think they’re worth it. Check out DaFin.com or ask your local surf shop if they have any hidden in the store somewhere.