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Gladiator Race Fins are the result of a joint design effort between SUP Gladiator and Larry Allison of Fiber Glass Fin company. Each Fin is hand made and designed in California.
SUP Gladiator Pro Model Race Fin
SUP Gladiator Hybrid Race Fin
The Hybrid Race Fin is slightly smaller and more refined version of the Elite Racer. It excels in BOP style races, where maneuverability for buoy turns and wave catching is of the utmost importance. The tracking of this fin is still excellent, but we were able to increase maneuverability of the fin by reducing height and surface area, resulting in a “looser feeling” than the Elite or the Keel style fins. If you are paddling in flat water conditions, such as a lake or calm harbor, this fin is ideal for you.Some of the Elite class racers who started on our Elite Fin, have begun migrating to the Hybrid for these reasons. This fin is also becoming a favorite among downwinders, as it offers great tracking, but still offers the maneuverability they need to move from swell to swell.The Hybrid is also a good option for upgrading the stock fin on your “Surf” or “Fun Shape” all around style boards, between 10’6-12′. More often than not, this is the fin I ride when going for a paddle, as it is versatile, and can handle almost any condition, and does a great job at shedding weeds. If you can only have 1 fin in your quiver, this is the one to get.
The Gladiator Elite race fin is ideally suited for ocean or choppy water conditions. Its length, template, and surface area really help stabilize the board, and hold course in rough waters. In addition, the Gladiator Elite is possibly the best tracking race fin on the market. (see below for customer feedback)In case you are not really sure why that matters, better tracking helps you in two ways:1) The less time you have your paddle out of the water switching sides, the more stokes you can take, which translates into better overall speed.2) Reducing the yaw of the board (zig zagging from side to side as you paddle) will result in a straighter course, which means less distance traveled. As you have probably heard in the past, the fastest way to get from one point to another is typically a straight line.So as common sense would dictate, if you can make your board go straighter and keep your paddle in the water longer, you will go faster over the course of a race. On top of its racing performance, this fin also sheds weeds really well. The Gladiator Elite is consistently one of the top selling race fins available.