Maliko v3 Pre-Preg

SUP Racing Fin For Ocean & Downwind Racing
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Maliko v3 Pre-Preg

SUP Racing Fin For Ocean & Downwind Racing
( 25 )


SUP Race Fin For Increased Maneuverability, Tracking & Stability, Ideal For Ocean Racing & Downwind

The Maliko is a SUP racing and downwind fin designed to improve board maneuverability and glide. Ideal for intermediate-to-advanced paddlers looking to develop their downwinding skills, this medium-sized fin utilizes a surfing-inspired curved outline with a narrow cord and medium foil to help paddlers ride and connect swells. While best suited for downwind conditions, this fin also works great in large rivers with a strong flow. Achieving a faster board speed isn’t just about paddling harder, but being able to utilize the flow of the ocean The Maliko makes it possible to not only go faster, but more importantly, to have more fun.

  • Medium-sized fin (21cm / 8.27” & 223cm2 / 34.6 in2 ).
  • For intermediate to advanced paddlers in ocean & downwind conditions.
  • Progressive Surf Concept (PSC) for easy carving and control while riding swells.
  • Great for long, flowing glides on swells.
  • Short fin base increases positional tuning options, even with short fin boxes.
  • Complete with premium fin cover, fin screw, leash string and board sticker.
  • *** New for 2024: Deep Foil Concept (DFC) for enhanced efficiency.
  • *** New for 2024: 30T Pre-Preg carbon construction, lighter, stronger, faster.
  • *** New for 2024: New branding and artwork.
SKU: MALIKO. Categories: , , .Tags: , . Brand: Black Project
  • Reviews (25)
  1. Maliko V 3

    bbarry6186-May 26, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    I regularly post gear reviews and have already reviewed the Tiger 2 – awesome. The Maliko 3 carries the tradition on – I have an earlier and much larger Maliko and the V3 is an overall improvement except for maybe the most extreme conditions – talking 40+ MPH winds where stability really gets into question, but even there not sure if the V3 is detrimental. It certainly is less stable, but it is also less stiff and responds quicker. So maybe it can provide a save where the larger/stiffer Maliko would have provided a dumping. At any rate a shout out first for the numeric attribute rating for each of the fins. This is great and with both the T2 and M3 I wholly concur with the numbers given. I pair these fins with an SIC RS 21.5 and 23 and frequently use the M3 on the RS 21.5 for a bit more stability over the T2 with hardly any loss in speed in side chop races. So yes, the M3 doesnt buoy turn quite as well, and it is not quite as fast, but we are talking at most just a couple of seconds per mile in flat water. In side chop it is most certainly faster. It drafts quite nicely, goes upwind well, and doesnt catch weed like the T2. Yesterday I hit 11.9mph surfing a wake boat wave on an inland lake in perfect control. So T2 in smooth conditions, M3 with a bit more bumpy stuff. Both are awesome.

  2. Maliko v3- my new favorite fin!

    James Nickerson-August 11, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Going fast, downwinding, and board steering are all a pleasure with this new Maliko fin. Just the right balance for my rough water board. Thank you Chris & BP Team

  3. Maliko v3 fin

    Hoang Pham-July 18, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Have been using the new Maliko v3 fin for a few months now, and I love it. It allows for quicker maneuvering on turns and a better glide than my stocked fin. In addition, it’s very responsive and stable in downwind condition. A great upgrade to my board 🤙.

  4. Maliko V3 my new favorite!

    James Nickerson-July 5, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Going fast, downwinding, and board steering are all a pleasure with this new Maliko fin. Just the right balance for my rough water board. Thank you Chris & BP Team

  5. Absolutely Love & My New Favourite Fin!

    Calvin Yung-June 25, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Already using the V1 Ray & Tiger so the Maliko and Sonic were next on my list to try. I absolutely love using the Maliko in most conditions over my Ray or Tiger as I feel the fin rake improves my paddling experience on my 2021 Allstar. My SUP feels way more than I need on flat days but it comes alive when paired with the Maliko especially on bumpy, downwind days paddling Lake Ontario or around Toronto. I also love that I don’t have to worry about weeds or whatever is caught around my fin as much with the fin rake angle too whereas my other BP fins did so more often than not. I notice increased glide while the depth and length keeps me stable, focused on paddling powering through bumps, chop and wind. It really transforms my experience.

  6. Love the Maliko fin for rough water and downwind

    Tracey Nguyen-May 20, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Love the Maliko fin for rough water and downwind. It added stability yet is still pretty maneuverable. My go to fin for rough condition.

  7. Great all around fin

    micro.1394-December 15, 2021 at 6:37 am

    The Maliko has provided a noticeable bump and speed and tracking over the Ray while not losing much stability at all. So far, this has been fantastic in ocean conditions for me.

  8. These fins make a difference!

    John Bowerman-November 9, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    For my Allstar, I finally took a dive into understanding different SUP fin configurations and the associated benefits. I’ve been using the standard Starboard fin made for their Allstar the last 18 months and have only recently tried out the Maliko and Ray fin configurations. No doubt, the Ray increased board stability, but in came at the cost of making buoy turns more of a challenge, pretty much as one would expect. The Maliko, on the other hand, not only made for more responsive buoy turns, but the overall speed was bumped up over the original fin by a solid 0.15 mph. I’ll go with the Maliko on flatter water and eventually while downwinding (or so I hope). But with plenty of confused water off the coast of San Diego, I’ll stick with the Ray configuration while paddling the open ocean. What a difference these fins really do make, I’m glad I found BlackProject.

  9. The best downwind fin and great for rougher ocean conditions

    Cliff Von Langen-October 31, 2021 at 7:40 am

    I have been a SUP paddler for 12+ years and have owned many high-end boards. I had used stock fins until my girlfriend convinced me to try her Black Project fins. I used the Maliko in my SIC Bayonet and loved it; I bought a Maliko for myself. I have also found the Maliko to improve the performance of ,my Infinity Blackfish and my 404 LTD. The fin is very effective and feels “just right” accelerating quickly and turns easily. I am pleasantly surprised by how much I like this fin under the conditions for which it was designed. It has performed very well over distances when paddling my 14′ race boards with other good paddlers who are using both stock fins and Black Project fins. The fin is well thought our, practically perfect, and the finish is flawless. Mahalo!

  10. Maliko-a Gamechanger-Not just for the elite.

    Nathaniel Gwynne-October 26, 2021 at 10:05 am

    It’s like spending a $175 for a whole new board.
    A little background first; I’m 6’1” and I weigh 240lbs. I’m 52 and used to be a pretty good sprint paddler in the ‘90s. Until 7 months ago I’d been off the water for 20 years. But, I love to SUP outside of the harbor and I know when something makes my paddle easier and more fun. In layman’s terms. This fin helps keep the board as stable a much bigger fin without slowing you down like a big fin. It also lets you turn where you your big fin might leave you stuck in side chop struggling to get your nose back up wind.

  11. The Downwind/Distance fin for my Allstar

    billywilliams-April 21, 2021 at 4:32 am

    Like a few others, I have two Black Project fins, the Maliko and the Tiger. I use my Maliko for downwind runs, blustery course work, and long distance races (over 2 hours). The fin tracks well, and is very fast, and provides an extra level of stability that really helps when my body gets tired. As a bigger paddler (over 200 lbs) I really appreciate the lift and stability generated by the fin without feeling like it is slowing me down.

  12. Super stable without being stuck

    Damon Toal-Rossi-November 26, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Bought this fin along with a Condor to cover “heavy water” days and pure downwind runs. This fin works great. On downwinders and surf riding, it holds a good line but breaks free easily enough to link bumps. The same holds true for side waves, where it tracks well but allows me to “hop” back on course. Excellent compliment to a smaller fin, or for an “only” fin for bigger riders, lower cadence paddlers, and/or folks who just want a little more stability.

  13. Very fast; stable choppy conditions

    GN-November 7, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    The Maliko is fantastic in heavy winds and fast-moving currents. It provides just as much stability as my larger fins but proved much faster in calmer waters. The quality and finish of the fin is flawless. Highly recommended!

  14. Vote Maliko for Open Water

    stevea-October 27, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I find the the Maliko to be the bigger, more stable brother of the Sonic. It is now my go-to fin when the open water of the San Francisco Bay starts whitecapping or when I don’t want to fatigue my legs so much over a longer paddle.

  15. Malikio fin - just brilliant

    Emma Hepplewhite-September 28, 2020 at 12:16 am

    The Maliko has been brilliant on our local canals which (with Covid) are full of weed – it just slides off and I glide past everyone else trying to get lumps off their fins! I also did the Great Glen Challenge, an endurance race on Lochs and Canals in Scotland. It was brilliant on flat water and downwinding down Loch Ness. Great stability and straight-line tracking. Get one! You won’t regret it.

  16. Maliko V3

    Michael Klos-May 14, 2020 at 11:08 am

    What a fun fin! Stable for the messy conditions and yet still loose enough to surf and downwind. Works well on my starboard Allstar 14 x24.5

  17. Downwind stability and steering

    jessegay-May 9, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Good balance between maneuverability and solid tracking when downwinding in the Gorge. More stability and control than I got from my stock fin.

  18. Maliko. The best fin

    lasse.kontakt-May 9, 2020 at 1:34 am

    A fantastic fin. This fin I can recommend. It creates stability and speed. and is really good for downwinder and great trackin on the open sea .

  19. One fin to rule them all!

    Brad Friesen-May 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    I picked up the new Maliko v3 to replace a v2 which unfortunately met its end during the Yukon River Quest. I am quite pleased with the new v3. The v3 tracks very nice and is quite stable. It has become my go to fin when paddling in strong wind or heavy chop, and also for longer distance paddling. Works great when drafting too. If you’re looking for one fin suitable for all conditions, pick up the Maliko. You won’t be disappointed.

  20. This fin could serve as a one fin quiver for the average racer

    ScottC-June 13, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Just used the V3 maliko with 24″ Naish Maliko on a 22.5 mile race (half open ocean/half back bay) Fin ran through a gambit of conditions – chop, swell, DW conditions, current, wind and drafting. It excelled in all categories! I was hesitive using a smaller fin but it has fantastic hold, super tracking and great reactivity on the bumps. We don’t typically get DW’ers on the east coast for races but this one did and i had no problem linking bumps. In the flats it tracked so well and one of the easiest fins to foot steer while drafting. No bouy turns but i have done them and does a pretty damn good job. Clearly this fin could serve as a one fin quiver for the average racer. Very happy with my purchase!

  21. Great fin

    Gavin-May 25, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Great fin, this is the most stable and yet equally fast fin I have. I repeat super stable.

  22. Great tracking

    Steve Arkell-April 4, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Been running the Maliko on my custom Bark 14/23.5. This is such a good fin on this board, great tracking 15+ strokes per side or more. Good on turns, never feels sluggish.
    I’m in Texas and paddle a variety of Lakes and rivers. The fin has just the right surface area in turbulence. Just forgiving enough to allow the board to flow w the river.
    Looking forward to trying the new Ray as well. Keep up the innovation Chris. Great stuff. Cheers Steve

  23. Amazing job on the Maliko v3

    Glen Buchanan-March 20, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I’ve been running the v2 and v3 basically on opposite days on both my Sprint (14×23”) and Allstar (14×23.5”) for the past number of weeks, and the stock Starboard Race Ultra 2.0

    I used the V2 Mailko almost exclusively for the entire 2018 season…. and absolutely loved it. The only time I wasn’t using it was when I had loaned it out for someone else to try. The draft and surface area of the V2 were bang on perfect my size (6’2” 205lb) so I was a little skeptical on the V3 at first due to the decreased surface area, but the hold on the v3 is fantastic. I felt comfortable on both boards with the V3 within the first week. The biggest change point for me is the reactivity of the v3 going downwind…. Getting from bump to bump was easier, the board reacts quicker and I don’t feel like I’m fighting the board as much as did.

    Amazing job on the V3….. Really great…..

  24. I am completely blown away at how amazing this fin is

    Tim Warner-January 28, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I am completely blown away at how amazing this fin is. I have the Sonic which is also incredible for surfing, flat water and buoy turns. I was looking for a second fin that would allow stability and provide excellent tracking. I contacted black project immediately when I saw the Maliko V3 for sale. This fin does not catch weeds, tracks straight and is very fast. The last test was 6.6 miles at close to 6mph average. We also did a test downwinding and the longer profile really helps with steering the board and keeping you stable. I recommend this product for sure. Having the confidence going into all conditions is really awesome. Thanks so much guys.

  25. Downwind it feels fluid and responsive

    Chloë Blampied-January 27, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Tracking is spot on upwind and going into swell, with no noticeable drag but then downwind it feels fluid and responsive. Perfect for people like me who don’t want to have to keep changing fins depending on the conditions. Similarly, if your budget means you can only have one fin, then this has to be the fin of choice, In my view, this is the fin that is suitable for all and for all occasions.

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