5-Step Guide to Choosing the Right SUP Race Fin

Different disciplines, conditions and skill levels call for different types of SUP fins. Luckily, finding the fin setup that works best for your paddling style is easier than ever. While Connor Baxter’s guide to choosing the right fin(s) breaks fins down by discipline and paddlers’ skill level, this five-step guide provides a deeper look at the actual science of fins. You’ll learn more about how fins work and be able to confidently choose the right fin(s) for your needs.

The basics of how fins influence board performance characteristics and how this affects your paddling experience.

A paddler’s experience and skill level is an important factor in choosing a SUP race fin that will unlock maximum performance and fun for all levels.
Breaking down the terms and technology used in SUP fin development so you can better understand and explain your fin’s performance.
Analyzing how different race environments influence SUP fin choice for every level of athlete.
Fin box dimensions are different for race and recreational paddle boards, quickly learn which is the right fin for your brand, model and year of board.



The Condor – Our Smallest, Lightest and Fastest SUP Race Fin

If your primary goal is achieving peak performance on a SUP raceboard, you’ll need to take a few risks along the way. That means getting outside your comfort zone in search of that extra gear—the small advantage that separates the fast paddlers from the winning ones.  Having dedicated over 12 months of extensive research and testing, we focused our energy on developing a fin that delivers unparalleled performance. A SUP race fin that’s suited not for the masses or inexperienced paddlers, but rather, for those elite paddlers who embrace a new challenge and want to maximize their on-water performance.  This is that extra gear you’ve been searching for—meet our Condor SUP race fin.  Tiger v2: SUP Race Fin for Speed and Maneuverability Ray v2: New SUP Race Fin for Increased Stability and Tracking BUY NOW SIGNATURE SUP RACING FIN OF WORLD CHAMPION CONNOR BAXTER Determined to develop the fastest fin

Tiger v2 SUP Race Fin from Black Project and Fiona Wylde

Tiger v2: SUP Race Fin for Speed and Maneuverability

Forged from the most successful SUP race fin of all-time, the Tiger v2 makes speed and maneuverability easier and more accessible than ever—the one fin that unites all paddlers. It’s not often in sports that you get to use the same specialized equipment as the pros. You won’t get to drive Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car or swing Tiger Woods’ driver—that equipment requires a skill level that most will never achieve, nor experience. At Black Project, it’s our mission to ensure standup paddlers never face those same barriers. Our customers deserve to reap the same performance benefits that are afforded to World Champions like Arthur Arutkin or Fiona Wylde. We work closely with these elite champions to develop our premium SUP fins and deliver a significant performance advantage to every paddler—regardless of where your start line is.  No matter if you’re fighting for a SUP World Championship or a personal best


Ray v2: New SUP Race Fin for Increased Stability and Tracking

Stable paddling is fast paddling. There’s a common misconception about SUP fins that an increase in stability results in reduced speed. While that may be true for world champion paddler like Connor Baxter, Fiona Wylde or Arthur Arutkin, the vast majority of paddlers will significantly benefit from a more stable paddling experience. Our all-new Ray v2 is the fin that ensures paddlers never have to choose between stability and speed. An ideal choice for a wide-range of paddlers and various board styles, the Ray v2 enhances the performance of your board by adding stability, tracking, glide, and adjustability. While the original Ray v1 was our best-selling fin, settling for good enough will never be good enough for us. As subscribers to the Principle of Kaizen—the concept that you can always do things better, even if they seem to work well in a particular moment—we went back to the drawing board

Black Project wins 14 SUP world championships in 2019

14 World Titles In One Year Is Not Just Impressive, It’s Unprecedented.

14 World Titles In One Year Is Not Just Impressive, It’s Unprecedented. Black Project enjoyed historic success in 2019, with our elite team of paddlers claiming 14 world championships and racking up dozens of race and surf wins around the globe. Powered by industry-leading paddle and fin technology, our paddlers were able to consistently overpower their competition and break records along the way. Results don’t lie and 2019 proved that Black Project’s cutting-edge fins and paddles provide our athletes with a significant edge. Of the 26 racing titles that were up for grabs this year, 13 were won with either a Tiger or Sonic in the fin box. Not to mention, eight of those titles were won by athletes using our Hydro race paddle. With so much success, selecting highlights from the past year was more challenging than we expected. Of course, these are the type of problems we like

Five Ways Standup Paddle Race Fins Affect Handling & Performance

Five Ways Standup Race Fins Affect Handling & Performance

Video: Five Ways Standup Race Fins Affect Handling & Performance A good standup fin can make a big difference in top speed, but where it really makes a difference is in board handling and performance. Helping you move through the water easier, allowing you to track better and letting you worry a lot less about steering so you can stay focused on just paddling. As conditions change, the ability to adapt and fine tune the characteristics of your board is really important. Rather than buying two or even three boards for different conditions, you can use fins of different sizes and styles and achieve a similar result. It’s really important to have more than one type of fin in your quiver. In this video Black Project’s founder Chris Freeman (@Chrisk97) talks through five characteristics of paddle board performance which can be influenced by fin choice – Tracking – Stability – Speed – Glide –