Josh Kerr Signature 3D Fins
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3DFINS welcomes Josh Kerr as their marque team rider. 3DFINS is an innovative fin company that has set out to bring excitement back to surfing with new technology. “Our fins feature dimple technology designed to give you more drive, more speed, with less drag.”- 3DFINS
Below is an explanation of the ‘dimple technology’ from 3DFINS.
As we all now know, a Golf ball with Dimples will fly further than a Golf ball without.
What most of us don’t know is why? There are two main reasons:
The Dimpled Surface reduces drag
The Dimpled Surface improves Lift.
First a quick lesson in Hydrodynamics (Aerodynamics). There are two types of flow around an object: laminar and turbulent. Laminar flow has less drag, but it is also prone to a phenomenon called “separation.” Once separation of a laminar boundary layer occurs, drag rises dramatically because of eddies that form in the gap. Turbulent flow has more drag initially but also better adhesion, and therefore is less prone to separation. Therefore, If the shape of an object is such that separation occurs easily, it is better to turbulate the boundary layer in order to increase adhesion and reduce eddies (which means a significant reduction in drag).
Dimples on golf balls turbulate the boundary layer. So we at 3DFINScience decided to test these principles and apply them to a Surfboard fin. With advanced Computer Flow Dynamic testing 3DFINScience compared two exactly the same fins, the Moonrakerr Dimpled fin and the same fin design without Dimples.
The tests were conducted by flow dynamics expert Darrin Stephens (formally of CSIRO) and the results were surprising. A Surfboard Fin with a smooth surface is much like a golf ball with a smooth surface, it has a Lamina flow over the surface. This works quiet well when going straight and at lower speeds, but when you start to turn and reach higher speeds the fluid starts to separate from the foil or fins surface.