A single fin designed by the man, the myth, the legend… That is Dale Velzy, a true pioneer of the surf industry. Velzy’s Classic fin is exactly that... A true classic, exhibiting design characteristics that encourage long, drawn-out lines and smooth turns.
Velzy’s legacy dates back to the mid ‘30s when he started surfing and shaping balsa/redwood boards for himself and his friends underneath the Hermosa Beach Pier. Credited as being the first surfer to hang ten as well as the world’s first commercial shaper, Velzy is renowned–among many things–for his contributions to modern longboard design.
The Velzy Classic is a minimal area fin with a fair amount of sweep and some trustworthy length in the base. Its small surface area makes it feel fast, while its pronounced rake and low profile enable longer, drawn-out turns. Relatively stiff with a fuller foil, Velzy initially designed this fin to pair with Vee bottom surfboards so that the projection could come from the rails and directional Vee from your board. However, the Velzy Classic has been proven to work quite well in many types of boards as the fin itself provides a lot of spring, forward projection, and a rather lively feeling under your feet that is a bit addicting. Carve deep off the bottom and you will see!
Like Velzy, his Classic fin has an avid following. It’s fun to get experimental with this fin since there are so many possibilities of boards and waves that it can work with!
- Pronounced rake, minimal area, wide base, and stiff foil
- Pairs well with Vee bottom boards, bigger mid-lengths, and mini glider-type shapes
- Solid fiberglass construction, gloss finish