Stab Magazine | Jon Pyzel Has A New Fin With FCS

Jon Pyzel Has A New Fin With FCS

For when that new board is just out of reach. 

hardware // May 8, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

New boards are expensive. 

We’re talking $750 (USD) off the rack, $500 with a “bro deal”, and $350 if you’re semi-pro paying “cost”. But if you don’t actually need a new board (i.e. your current blade ain’t broken in two), yet you’re still looking for a new sense of sizzle and spice, buying a new set of fins could satisfy those cravings for a fraction of the price.

While there are seemingly infinite options in the world of surfboard rudders, we’d like to direct your attention to FCS’s newest creation, in conjunction with long-time shaper of the world’s best surfer, Jon Pyzel.


The Pyzel Shaper Series fin resides in FCS’s Performer family, granting it the noble distinction of an “all-arounder”.

As someone who takes immense pride in his foam and fiberglass creations, Jon would want every Pyzel rider to have a favorable encounter with his products. But as a surfboard shaper, Jon can only account for half of a person’s surfing experience, which leaves ample room for error.

By creating his own fin, Pyzel removed the guesswork of how a board will feel beneath a customer’s feet. A voracious surfer in his own right, and a man of great integrity, Jon’s done enough test-driving to convince himself that these fins are legit. Now it’s just a matter of people buying the right wax (please, allow us to help you with that) to accompany their double-Pyzel kit.

According to Jon:

“We’ve designed a fin with lots of drive and speed that’s still really loose and can be surfed in a range of conditions. It’s not just a fin for my boards, its super versatile across many different designs.”   


And if you’re a bit of a tech geek, our friends at FCS have provided the following details:


Due to the neutral sweep (rake) the FCS II JP sits in the Performer Family and is therefore classified as a versatile fin for any conditions. That said, the longer base and narrow, tapered tip injects some critical elements for surfers who like to drive hard off the bottom and get the fins free off the lip.


Performance Core (PC) material is light and can be used in a variety of different conditions. The flex pattern in PC fins extends progressively from the base through to the tip, helping the surfer to maintain drive and hold through a turn.


Like a typical all-rounder fin the JP feels reliable in different waves and boards. It’s fast and loose with an underlying feeling of control, that’s not overbearing. What separates this fin from others in this family is the wide base, which allows you to lock in and load up speed off the bottom, and a narrow tip which lets you explode and release the fins easily in the back half of the turn.


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